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I understand moral responsibility behind my right to carry gun

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To The Daily Sun,

The cartoon in your edition of The Daily Sun on Tuesday, May 13, depicting a gun owner standing over a body and claiming he felt threatened by someone questioning his right to carry is an excellent example of biased and misinformed propaganda on behalf of who ever concocted the cartoon, (notice I refrain from using the word 'artist').

Of all the people I have known, who are licensed to legally carry a concealed or non-concealed firearm, including myself, none would fit the absurd mentality depicted in that cartoon. In fact, gun owners I know would be better described by the opening monologue of the History Channel's TV documentary series, "Tales Of The Gun" which states, "The gun has played a critical role in history. An invention which has been praised and denounced... served hero and villain alike... and carries with it, moral responsibility."

The final statement of the monologue is the most revealing truth. As a law-abiding citizen who appreciates my legal right to carry a firearm, I understand, most likely far more than people who would produce a cartoon like the one that was in your newspaper, the moral responsibility behind my right to carry, and hope I never actually have to use my weapon against anything more than a paper target.

Michael G. Shanks

Groton