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Reader Opinion: Enemies among us

You vote these people into office, then the gun lobby buys them right out from under you.

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When I was in grade school, we were trained to duck and cover in fear of a possible nuclear war attack from the Soviet Union (now Russia). We were taught they were our enemies.

Today, 70 years later, we can teach these same skills to our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They're learning to duck and pretend to be asleep to try to avoid dying from guns. Yeah, guns don't kill people. Deranged people don't kill people either. But if put together, watch out. Should we get rid of deranged people? Can we? Or would limiting guns be enough?

We can lock up our children, in little learning prisons, taking away their freedom, so some people can have the freedom to have foolish types of guns. We shouldn't be more childish than our children. Remember โ€œfreedom isn't freeโ€ and it has little to do with the military. The price of freedom is responsibility.

Today our enemies are again Russian, in a manner of speaking, and they're not all overseas. They're now right here among us. Russia is still our adversary in trying to harm us. They contribute to our elections in both money and time, and some politicians here support them.

With Russia's help, gun supporters lobby our Congress members and politicians and bribe them (campaign contributions) with five times as much money as the gun control people do. In other words, you vote these people into office, then the gun lobby buys them right out from under you. If you have some sense, you'll be more careful with your vote. Or your donations. Our children need more protection than guns do.

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P.S. I occasionally hunt. I like guns. But I'm not in love with any of them.

A. Martin

Merrifield

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