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Reader urges voters to check out candidates' stance on guns

Posted: Tuesday, October 09, 2007

I urge everyone who intends to vote in the 2008 presidential election to investigate each candidates position on the issues, especially on gun control. Yes, the U.S. has experienced many tragic crimes that involve guns, but to remove guns from law-abiding citizens is not the answer. We need to enforce the laws that are already on the books and to make sure the criminals are punished accordingly.

The U.S. needs to send a message to criminals that if you commit a crime you will be punished. Sadly, this is not the message criminals receive now. To remove guns from law-abiding citizens or make it mandatory to report their guns is too much gun control.

Gun control is a tough issue. I'm saddened to see our elected leaders sway in the wind on issues that are so basic to our freedom. Punish criminals, not law-abiding gun owners. A criminal will get a gun if he wants one. If guns are removed from our society, the criminal will still find a gun. We need to punish the criminals in such a way that they receive the message that "if you commit a crime you will be punished."

Every day there are attacks on our freedoms and we must be aware of what is happening. Don't wait for the day when you open your newspaper and see that you will be required to turn in your guns, are told what you can read or told where you can and cannot travel.

Judy Harper

Kasilof



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