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Abridging rights not solution to challenge

Letter to the Editor

I am sorry, but I see it differently than Dennis Wolfe.

The NRA and Republicans did not murder anyone; a mentally disturbed individual did. One who was recognized by the community as such. Law enforcement had been warned about this person; thirty-nine times to the sheriff’s department and at least twice his behavior on social media was referred to the FBI. If we wish to place any blame outside of the murderer himself, it should lie with these agencies’ failure to do their jobs. They have said so themselves.

President Trump rescinding of an Obama rule is just a complete misstatement of fact and everyone in the country seems to know it except the Democrats and the mainstream media. This rule so misrepresented the labeling of someone’s mental fitness that not only did the NRA oppose it so did the ACLU, and many disability rights organizations.

We need constructive measures that lead to safety in our schools and labeling them as gun free zones is an open invitation to invite continued chaos. We have armed security on our planes, at our sporting events, and many of the private schools our elected officials’ children attend also have armed security. Why aren’t our children in public schools deserving of the same precautionary measures.

The next shooter is already out there and abridging the rights of law-abiding people is not the solution to the challenge before us.

Jim Chmelik



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