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Reader Opinion: Got conscience?

An Echo Journal columnist wrote June 9, "It's really about the judiciary ... and ultimately the country", that the political left wants to "all but outlaw firearms if they can."...

An Echo Journal columnist wrote June 9, "It's really about the judiciary … and ultimately the country", that the political left wants to "all but outlaw firearms if they can."

The timing for the installment was as tragically perfect as it gets, as the horrific events unfolded in Orlando on June 12.

A June 14 Reader Opinion in the Brainerd Dispatch asks how many more lost lives Congress is willing to sacrifice in deference to their addiction to NRA dollars, and their unwillingness to stand up for what’s right. “The NRA would like to see every citizen packing heat to protect themselves from all the unstable people who have been able to arm themselves because of the lack of gun control,” the opinion stated.

The opinion concluded, “I don't think you should have to carry a firearm to protect yourself if you go to church, to the mall, to the movie, to school, etc. I don't have room in my purse to carry an assault rifle wherever I go”, and to Congress, “Get a conscience, will you?”

Modifying existing gun laws to prevent ineligible, dangerous individuals from acquiring weapons at gun shows or online, especially killing machines like the AR-15 used in Orlando, San Bernardino, Newtown, and Aurora, is critical to stop the madness and long overdue.

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If making existing gun laws safer is what's needed, as in the Constitution’s Second Amendment definition of “a well-regulated militia” -- ostensibly entrusted to a government for the people -- then the NRA be damned if they don‘t like it. It's really about the safety of our families and loved ones, the country, and, ultimately, our humanity.

Steven Olson

Baxter

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