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Letter: Tickets didn’t guarantee Q & A time on gun control at Myrtle Creek meeting

Tickets didn’t assure Q & A

I recently attended Sen. Jeff Merkley’s Myrtle Creek Town Hall meeting. We were given a ticket at sign-in. I understood everyone with a ticket would be allowed to comment or ask a question.

I found it ironic that one individual monopolized time to conduct a filibuster during Merkley’s question-and-answer period. Had it been better organized, everyone could have spoken.

The point I was going to bring up was the lack of accurate information and the abundance of misinformation. Few politicians, or reporters for that matter, have the courage to challenge what some opinion leaders are saying.

For example, when the subject of debt reduction comes up, many talk about how we have to cut Social Security. Social Security did not cause, nor does it have anything to do with, our debt problems.

Gun control should be enacted. There is no reason assault weapons should be allowed outside of the military.

People are afraid someone will take their guns, but that is just because the National Rifle Association (a gun lobby designed to promote gun sales) has maintained a successful fear campaign among gun owners.

Henry Butler

Canyonville



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