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Letter: A free people

Published: Monday, Feb. 17, 2014 12:14 p.m. CDT

To the Editor:

According to FBI statistics, there are 389 violent crimes per 100,000 Americans each year. Even if we unreasonably assumed that each crime was committed by a unique individual and that all violent crimes were committed using guns (neither is true), then less than four-tenths of one percent of Americans commit gun violence. The reality might be less than two-tenths of one percent.

So, 99.8 percent of Americans don't commit gun violence. Then why does President Obama want to take away our inalienable right to self defense and our constitutionally protected right to bear arms? Is it really to "protect" us from those few criminals who misuse guns? If the rest of us gave up our weapons (and our rights), how would we be protected from those criminals, who undoubtedly will still possess guns? Would he establish a police state like some third world dictator? It’s strange how he never gets around to explaining "what comes next" to the general public, much like with his health care fiasco.

Should we all be so afraid of offending Mr. Obama that we can’t ask common sense questions that it is our duty to ask of any politician? Must we trust that a man who has a long-documented history of concealing the truth has our best interests in mind? Should we assume that, if left unchecked, he will flawlessly execute countless programs across a 4-million-person federal bureaucracy in a way that benefits all 300 million Americans, even though he had no prior management or executive experience at any level?

Our founders knew this is an impossible (and dangerous) task. So they established a republic with limited governmental powers to ensure that Americans, not power-hungry politicians, could determine their future standard of living and remain a free people.

Al D'Ambrosio

Glen Ellyn

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