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History repeated?

Be careful what you wish for

Lay down your weapons and we will not punish you. Famous last words. Go back in history and see what happens in countries where either guns were banned or confiscated. In 1917 when the Bolsheviks seized Moscow they promised to leave the well armed citizens alone if they promised not to interfere. “They did not and for that were asked afterwards to come in and register themselves and their weapons. Whereupon, they were promptly shot.” Prior to WWII, it was reported Poland and Germany confiscated all guns leaving citizens unable to defend themselves, especially the Jews and you know what happened then. What is missing in this emotionally charged war on guns is the lack of help for mentally ill people who were turned out on the streets reportedly by the actions of the ACLU who said these people’s rights were being violated for being put into mental institutions. Yes, there were no lack of horror stories as to how these people were treated but as a result of turning these people out on the streets, getting help today for people with mental illnesses can literally bankrupt families because of the enormous costs involved to treat one person. Or that many times the problems of mentally disturbed children and adults are swept under the rug until we have such horrible tragedies as the elementary school shootings last year. All the laws in the world are not going to prevent someone with intent to kill from finding a gun. Regarding our second amendment, evidently our President does not care or respect our Constitution or its amendments. Instead, he had become a law onto himself by wanting to re-write the second amendment to push his progressive agenda. Be careful what you wish for because history continues to repeat itself.

Dolores Zaske

Pine River

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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