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Montevideo American-News
  • Letters to the Editor, Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone numb...
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  • The American-News welcomes letters of opinion from our readers. Letters regarding current local and national news items are encouraged. All letters are subject to editing for length and style. Letters containing potentially libelous or obscene statements will not be published. Letters must contain name, address and phone number for verification and in case of questions. E-mail letters to: editor@montenews.com Letters may also be mailed to: Editor, Montevideo Publishing, P.O. Box 99, Montevideo, MN 56265
    History teaches us to not disarm
    "Guarded with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but down right force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined," said Patrick Henry.
    Gun control is certainly a topic which provides ample opportunity for debate from both sides of the issue. However, the framers' original intention for the Second Amendment is often overlooked or deliberately bypassed in the debate for a reason difficult to talk about.
    No one wishes to contemplate that the chief reason for the Second Amendment is the possibility that the people may have to defend themselves against a government that may become brutal, repressive and murderous. We find it hard to contemplate such a scenario, but the framers did not, because they lived it.
    Gun control advocates state that no one needs a high capacity semiautomatic rifle to go hunting. This is true; a high capacity semiautomatic rifle is not needed for hunting, but may well be needed for defending our communities against government forces which wish to visit severe repression on its own citizens in the future. Weapons like that would then be needed to achieve any kind of parity between citizens and those governmental forces who would wish to do them harm.
    Now there are many who would look at our government and our way of life and would state that such a need could never arise. The framers did not look at it in that fashion and included the amendment because they realized the nature of man and that such a horrible predicament could arise.
    History certainly has its precedents. It is a snap of the fingers in time that the wind blew the ashes of whole groups of people across the fields of Europe because they had no means to defend themselves from an evil government. I do not have the time here to discuss the more recent historical manifestations of the actions of evil governments against their own people, which is even going on as you read this.
    You many very well counter that such a thing could never occur here in our day or in the future with our enlightened government. Perhaps you are right, but someone wiser than you or I once said, "There is nothing new under the sun."
    Page 2 of 2 - We should deal with shootings in our society with proactive imagination, but it is never a good idea to disarm a free people because history has taught us it is a short, quick drop into servitude.
    —Doug Hodge
    Montevideo
    Sorry about wreaths shortage
    American Legion Post 59 would like to extend our apology for not getting the wreaths out for the "Wreaths Across America" project this past Dec. 12.
    They shorted us on wreaths that we ordered and that prevented us from getting wreaths at all the crosses at Sunset Cemetery and at the other rural cemeteries that were purchased. This December we will make sure that a sufficient number of wreaths are received and placed as stated and American Legion Post 59 will bear the cost. We will also insure that all donor names are placed in the newspaper.
    Although we had nothing to do with the wrong veterans group being noted in the paper, we will also follow-up that it is correct this December. This was our first year to do this and we have learned from it.
    Please again accept our sincere apology.
    —Marv Garbe
    Montevideo

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