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Responsible gun law needed



Published: Fri, April 26, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Responsible gun law needed

Driven by the 2nd Amend- ment, a well regulated militia, the National Guard, has been established in all 50 states. The National Guard is the first resource any state governor will activate to address a qualifying emergency such as a hurricane, tornado, civil unrest etc.

Consider that more firepower is available to the citizens of this country than in any other civilized country in the world. Also consider how that firepower will affect the security of the Guard mission and the dedicated volunteers who carry out that mission.

Consider the welfare of those you know who serve in the National Guard forces. Also consider the safety and security of local law enforcement, such as police and county sheriff personnel, who will also be called to serve, side by side, with our friends and comrades in the Guard.

Responsible gun legislation is needed to protect law-abiding citizens, and all those who serve and protect. It must also keep guns out of the hands of criminals, the mentally ill, and terrorists.

We who have been fortunate to have served and survived should use the leadership skills we received in our military training to educate others. We should lead the way to achieve responsible and effective gun legislation.

Larry Diemand, Mentor

The writer is a retired USAFR lietenant colonel who served with the Air National Guard at Mansfield and the Air Force Reserve at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.


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1thediffrence(13 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Anyone who thinks that the second amendment is and aboslute right for any fire arm is an absolte idiot.

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2JME(801 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

The letter writer implies that the National Guard will be there to protect citizens, and that unneccessary weapons in the hands of citizens would create safety issues for the National Guard and other law enforcement.

Perhaps, but recall last Friday in Boston when citizens were told to lock their doors and stay inside while authorities searched for a terrorist who was believed to be armed with guns and explosives.

The authorities did a great job, but it took much of the day to find the suspect.

In the words of the letter writer, "consider" if you were a Boston resident that day and the terrorist came calling to your home.

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3Normac1945(23 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

James,
There is another compelling reason for the "shelter in place" request in Boston.

The law enforcement task to search for the suspect is made significantly easier by having the roads clear of people traveling about and residents in their place of residence.

I hope that you are not suggesting that "shelter in place" would have not been useful if all Bostonians were armed

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4Normac1945(23 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

JME,
There is another compelling reason for the "shelter in place" request in Boston.

The law enforcement task to search for the suspect is made significantly easier by having the roads clear of people traveling about and residents in their place of residence.

I hope that you are not suggesting that "shelter in place" would have not been useful if all Bostonians were armed

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5JME(801 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Normac,
My point was in regards to residents being able to protect themselves in their homes while the suspect was on the loose; irregardless of the "shelter in place" request.

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