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February 12, 2013
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Letter: Perspective on role of government and guns

Perspective on govt. and guns

Lane County frees convicted criminals, claiming it can’t afford to keep them in jail. One convict robbed a bank within hours of being released. Crime has predictably increased.

The message from Lane County is clear. Give money or more criminals will be freed. Gangs are famous for extortion rackets, but pale by comparison.

After considering Lane County’s actions, I came up with an idea to make all counties economically stable. Have them take over the illicit drug trade. The economic benefits are obvious, but just think about how much more convenient it would be for druggies.

Just look for a cop, or go to a brightly lit police station. Wouldn’t that be better than going to some dimly lit street corner and approaching a stranger?

There is one flaw. The federal government may control the drug trade already. There has been at least one border agent killed by Mexican drug cartels, with firearms provided by the federal government.

However, I’m sure the counties could easily check this out first, thus avoiding a bloody turf war. Terrorists attack stores, churches, hotels, schools, and cafes more than military installations.

Our government hasn’t stopped the flow of drugs and aliens to America, so it seems terrorists could come right in. It’s impossible for the government to protect everybody everywhere against such an enemy.

A trusting, responsible government would admit that and seek and enlist citizens to watch and take up arms. But no, our government wants to make it more difficult for citizens to protect themselves.

Given the actions of local and federal government, is there any question as to why Americans are buying assault rifles in record numbers, or any doubt as to why our forefathers created the Second Amendment?

Don Wilson

Roseburg


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