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Our country is the most desired target of Muslim terrorists

To The Daily Sun,

When a public mass shooting occurs here, President Obama demands increasing gun controls. So, why didn't President Obama take advantage of the horrible events in Paris last Friday to again lecture Americans about the need for gun control?
Because France, and Paris in particular, have implemented President Obama's strict gun controls; France is essentially a "gun free zone."
So the terrorists had no opposition when they began shooting at the 1,500 sitting-duck concert-goers. Before the police took control, the terrorists had 2 1/2 hours to shoot about 400 concert goers and walk around executing the wounded. Imagine the defenseless concert-goers' horror as they, their relatives, friends, or others were shot; imagine having to decide between attempting to save your life or aiding your wounded spouse, child, sibling, or friend; imagine the terror of the wounded as terrorists approached to execute them.
James Veverka will be pleased that there were no "cowboys" with guns, "trying to be heroes (aka survivors)," among the concert-goers, but I suspect that everyone who was there was praying for someone, anyone (even cowboys), to stop or even slow down the terrorists' shooting.
The folly of America's gun-free zones and unnecessarily restrictive gun control laws has repeatedly demonstrated that those laws should be abandoned. The carnage in Paris again demonstrates the consequences of implementing the gun control laws that President Obama and other leftists want.
Our country is the most desired target of Muslim terrorists. They have threatened us, recruited Americans to join them, inspired American Muslims to conduct attacks here, sent and are sending more terrorists here, and promised more terrorists attacks here.
Nevertheless, our political leaders ignore the American peoples' wishes and don't even do the most obvious things to prevent or reduce the likely carnage here, like closing our Southern border and stopping the flow of about 100,000 people (immigrants, refugees, students, visitors, etc.) from countries that harbor, promote, or tolerate Muslim terrorists.
Thus, individual Americans must be responsible to protect ourselves, our families, our friends and neighbors; or, like in Paris, many people will be shot before the police take control.
Attacks are coming. Americans must mentally prepare, consider how to react to an attack, be vigilant, and report truly suspicious activity.
Responsible, mature, law-abiding Americans who will train and practice should consider arming and prepare to protect themselves and others. If a Paris concert hall like attack happens here, each terrorist attacker needs to find dozens of Americans doing what Americans do, fighting, and in this case shooting, back.
Americans don't want to have to do this, but we must because our politicians are willing to sacrifice Americans for their political goals.

Don Ewing


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Let's light the Christmas tree in spirit of Laconia's renaissance

To The Daily Sun,

Laconia has made great strides in recent years. It is evident by the success of Pumpkinfest and the beautiful new firehouse.Laconia is paving the way for a new, brighter future. Alas, the Laconia city Christmas tree is stuck in the past.

As we approach the holidays, we are filled with great joy to see Laconia decorating for Christmas. We love the white lights that illuminate downtown and the festive displays that grace Lakeport Square.

Laconia showed her true colors of community, generosity, and city pride by hosting Pumpkinfest. It was a celebration worthy of this great and historic city. Businesses and community members put on a display that should make every resident proud. People came from far and wide to celebrate the event and appreciate this wonderful city.

We saw the lights going up in Veterans Square on the most majestic fir tree in all of New England. Historically the results of these Christmas decorations have been disappointing, to put it kindly. And it appears this year is no different.

We can do better. There is still time to remove the vertical LED light display and decorate the tree in a manner both it and this city deserve.

Let's carry that spirit of a downtown Laconia renaissance. Let's make Laconia a destination for holiday viewers — a festive, friendly city. Let's engage the help of local downtown businesses and residents to formulate a better plan and better result. Let's make the tree in Veterans Square a holiday centerpiece for our downtown.

The tree decorations do not reflect today's Laconia. Let's change it now.

Lauren Finn & Tom Murphy

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