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Law-abiding Americans use firearms to save their own lives

To The Daily Sun,

When I see Bernadette Loesch's name on a Daily Sun letter I know my day is going to begin with a good laugh. Her article today doesn't let me down. It begins with the line "we need to have an HONEST conversation about the meaning and intent of the Second Amendment". Bernadette's idea of a conversation is her telling you what to think, when to think, and how to think it. The same way it is with all Democrats on mice patrol, doing mind control.
There is NEVER going to be a meaningful, insightful or honest conversation about gun control with Bernadette because she already has the solution. It is the same fix she and Democrats have for EVERY problem social or economic, That is bigger, more controlling and more expensive government with fewer freedoms and fewer choices for all of us. That is the exact reason England signaled last week for voting themselves OUT of the EU after decades of membership. Bigger, more controlling, government from Brussels was reducing freedoms and choices for the very independent British people. They had enough of government cram down on their lives. The exact kind of CRAM DOWN of more controlling, bigger government Bernadette Loesch never stops yelling for in this paper.
The central question is, do tighter gun control laws reduce the murder rate. All 50 states have different gun laws. All 50 have loosed and tightened their laws over the decades. There is mountains of evidence on the results from tightened gun control not only in America but around the world. You won't hear Bernadette talking about any of that evidence because little if any of it supports her argument. Chicago has the tightest gun laws of any city in America. Chicago is also the most dangerous city in America with a murder rate off the charts and in outer space orbit in 2016. France has extremely tight gun laws as does Brussels. Both places with horrific terrorism attacks killing hundreds of people in the past few months.
People like to point out that New York has a higher multiple of murders than London. True enough, what they neglect to mention is it has been that way for TWO CENTURIES, when for much of that time neither city had any serious controls on gun ownership at all. As England has tightened gun control over the years, armed robberies in England have risen dramatically as the number of legally-owned firearms dropped. The number of handguns in American homes doubled between 1973 and 1999, yet the murder rate fell during that period. The evidence as it relates to gun control is at best is highly inconclusive. At worst, it suggests tightened gun control laws have done little except reduced individual freedoms while making gun ownership for recreation and self protection far more expensive.
Of further note, the gun-control zealots like Bernadette are always the same people WEAK ON CRIME, light of criminals, but tighter on cops doing their jobs. Almost all empirical studies done in the U.S. have shown tightened gun laws have not reduced crime rates, which suggests Bernadette has no interest in an HONEST talk about gun control but a donkey cram-down of DUMB.
Law biding Americans use firearms defensively thousands of times a year to save their own lives and those of their family. You won't hear Bernadette, Obama, Hillary or Bernie mentioning that fact or anyone else from donkey town. Trust me, no one is going to have an HONEST, LOGICAL, COMMON SENSE or EVIDENCE BASED conversation with Bernadette Loesch about gun control.
Tony Boutin
Gilford

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Laconia VFW is growing & wants to continue in positive direction

To The Daily Sun,

As the commander of VFW Post 1670, I would like to thank all of the outstanding efforts put forward by all the volunteers who helped at our recent open house on June 26. As a result of all their efforts, at our post we enjoyed great food, great people and the opportunity to see some old members and visit with our new members. With 24 new members this year our post membership is now at 102 percent.

VFW Post 1670 is still in search of additional members especially new, younger veterans so that the Veteran of Foreign Wars Posts remain a resource for all our past, present and future veterans.

Our overall numbers have dropped across the country and we are trying to change that trend, Laconia is ahead of the curve nationally and we want to continue moving in a positive direction. This post has been upgrading some of the areas of our facility to improve the quality of the opportunities we can provide for our members, auxiliary and our guests.

We are excited about the upcoming changes to the auxiliaries that will merge the men and women who support our veterans, so if you have an eligible family member we encourage you to contact our post and join in the supportive efforts.

During this transition we have temporarily canceled Saturday morning breakfast, but we look forward to starting up this and many other activities very soon.

We thank you all for your patience during these positive changes to the way things will be done and look forward to many more positive changes in the future.

Bill North, Commander

VFW Post 1670

Laconia

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