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Gazette Premium Content Rights of gun owners; Martin/Zimmerman side effect

Letters Published: July 21, 2013

Rights of gun owners attacked

In response to the question whether gun owners are being insensitive by holding a rally to coincide with the Mayors Against Illegal Guns I say this:

I do not think the gun owners of the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners organization are being insensitive. The Michael Bloomberg group are the insensitive ones with their exploiting a tragic event, caused by one crazed gun owner/shooter, to further their agenda against all of the law abiding gun owners in this nation. Bloomberg and others in his group often cite very fraudulent data as justification for their efforts to take guns away from the citizenry of the country. I believe their compassion is not for the victims in Aurora but for their own agenda.

The Rocky Mountain Gun owners must speak up and confront the lies Bloomberg's group perpetuates because the rights of all gun owners are being attacked all across the nation. Colorado has, through its Legislature, shown that they are willing to ban certain things while not actually doing anything to curb gun violence. The Legislature needed to look at mental health issues and the lack of care for those in need but they chose instead to blame the gun instead of the shooter and the mental health issues that tormented him.

Disarming all gun owning citizens because of the actions of very few individuals is just plain wrong; wrong because we have a Constitution that recognizes the inalienable right to keep and bear arms. Also, it is wrong because when one looks at the facts there are all too many lies being told by those against guns. If they cannot be honest with themselves, you know they are just trying to sway the public based on those lies.

Allan L Bunger, Colorado Springs

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Please show us we are wrong

We often hear from Rep. Doug Lamborn how much he cares about our community and how much also he supports our military. Yet, at a time when our nation is officially at war, and Department of Defense civilian employees are being furloughed, he shows an absolute lack of concern for them and their families. Rep. Lamborn doesn't seem to care either for the significant adverse economic impact to our community from such an action. He remains mysteriously silent on the furlough issue and has done nothing to stop the undermining of the military mission caused by the furloughs.

Rep. Lamborn, this community and we, your constituents, need to hear from you on this issue, and need also to see specific actions from you to stop the furloughs and show you truly care as you claim about our nation's military and the citizens of this community.

By not speaking up and failing to take action, you will demonstrate a lack of leadership, and total indifference for our military and the citizens of the community who elected you to represent them.

Please show us we are wrong in our assessment of your performance and take appropriate immediate action to fix this nation's budgetary problems, and stop the furloughs. I believe it is not too late for you to show you truly care and "walk your talk'. Without your help, this community will be devastated, and the military mission seriously undermined at a critical time in our nation's efforts to fight terrorism.

Carlos DeAguilar, Colorado Springs

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Side effect of Martin/Zimmerman

I think it is worthwhile calling attention to one side effect of this Martin, Zimmerman trial. The number of people who will participate in neighborhood watches of their neighborhood will drop off. Instead, people will be reduced to protecting their home, where they are less likely to be hauled into court if they have to protect their family.

That means the 75-year-old widow two houses down will end up being more vulnerable to predators.

Dennis Mercadal, Colorado Springs

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