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Actually, it is gun control laws that are racist at their roots

To the editor,
I am writing in response to George Maloof's letter about the Second Amendment being racist. It was apparent to me that Mr. Maloof has little understanding of the Second Amendment, the 1860s, or the history of gun control laws.
First, when the 13th Amendment that ended slavery was ratified, there was no possibility that the 2nd Amendment could or would be abolished. Most of the populace of the United States was armed, it being just after the Civil War. Many were veterans of that war, both Union and Confederate. The frontier was still open, territories will still being settled, and law enforcement was spotty at best. There was no way the states would have ratified a repeal of the 2nd Amendment under those conditions, Mr. Maloof's contentions to the contrary.
Second, gun control laws were first prevalent in the South after the Civil War. These laws were aimed at keeping the former slaves from being able to arm themselves. This was done in order to head off possible retaliation by blacks against whites, or at least that's how the idea was sold. A less openly known reason was that it prevented blacks from being able to protect themselves against the predations of whites trying to "keep them in their place."
Mr. Maloof, the 2nd Amendment isn't racist and never has been. It is the gun control laws you seem to love that are racist at their roots. Perhaps you should do a little more historical research before making such ill informed accusations.
Chan Eddy

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:49

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Extremely grateful for help with LHS band booster's fundraiser

To the editor,
It is so rewarding to know that our community loves our students at Laconia High School!
On behalf of the Laconia Sachems Band Boosters, we would like to thank all who came to LHS Friday night, April 5, to support the band boosters' annual spring fundraiser. This year's event was a comedy night. The comics came from Manchester with the promise of a clean show. With that request comes the subjective interpretation of what this means. For all those who enjoyed the show, we are pleased. One comic was not as appropriate as the others and we apologize for that.
We are extremely grateful to our Silver sponsors, Conneston Construction Inc and Martin, Lord & Osman PA, and our Bronze sponsors, Clough Auto Body, Denoncourt, Waldron & Sullivan PA and Meredith Village Savings Bank. We would also like to thank Bank of New Hampshire, Stafford Oil, Wilkinson-Beane Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home, Central NH Employment Services, Dr. Alan Kennell Orthodontics, Bob Merwin State Farm Insurance, Harts Turkey Farm Restaurant and NAPA Auto Parts for their gracious support and belief in what the booster group does for the music department at LHS. And last but not least, thanks to Larry and Amelia Frates for their wonderful emceeing of our event; they were fantastic!
The Laconia Sachem Band Boosters is a not-for-profit organization who support the mission of the LHS bands, chorus and color guard. We meet the first Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the music room. Please consider joining us! Community support and involvement is vital to our success.
Lisa Fortson, President
Sharon Pond, Vice President
Laconia Sachem Band Boosters

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:46

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Not one good reason to allow unfettered access to weapons

To the editor,
The reason there is gun violence is because there are plenty of guns available to anyone who wants one, and in this case I agree with Rubio — background checks and mental illness treatment are not going to solve the problem. The Second Amendment was written in a time when there was no standing army, when a well regulated militia was necessary for the defense of the country, and when a foreign country had tried to disarm the citizens for the purpose of subjugating them. The crackpot theories that this government is trying to disarm people now is ludicrous and we have a standing army to defend this country. Assault weapons are fun to use and can be stored in secure places outside the home (a.k.a. powder houses) and people can be registered to have a weapon and each weapon can be registered for the use of the person.
The Second Amendment is being interpreted by 20th century ideas and for people who have suffered because of it there is not one good reason to continue to allow people, today, to have unfettered access to weapons that are destroying lives.
Leonard Campbell
Center Harbor

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:43

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Right out of the Democrat's playbook: blame Bush or declare racism

To the editor,
George Maloof of Plymouth believes that the 2nd amendment is RACIST. He offers no explanation of how the constitutional right of the people to keep and bear arms could possibly be racist. No particular race or gender is excluded from the 2nd Amendment. It does not discriminate or favor one race over the other. I wish Mr. Mallof would explain his thought process. He must be working out of the Democrat playbook, you know, either blame Bush or declare racism. Wow, that's stretch for even for a Democrat.
Mr. Maloof believes that all of our freedoms are derived from the freedom of speech and that the 2nd Amendment doesn't actually protect our freedoms. He cutely uses the old adage of "the pen is mightier than the sword" to prove his point. Why don't we just use our mighty pen to write a letter asking that violent criminals just stop committing acts of violence? That should do the trick! Here in the REAL world we have REAL threats, and those threats justify more than Mr. Maloof's mighty pen. Here is an old adage for you George, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me".
The truth is, the only thing that can stop a tyrannical government from stripping away all of our freedoms is the armed citizenry. Is that racist?
Kevin Leandro

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:40

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Year-Round Library has already raised $10k; join our 400 Club

To the editor,
We are pleased to announce that since a new fund raising goal of $45,000 was established on March 13th in order to keep the Gilmanton Year-Round Library open beyond Nov. 1st over $10,000 has been raised through donations.
One fund raising initiative is the 400 Club. This is an opportunity for 400 people to donate $100. To date 36 people have already signed on. Remember, obligations of membership are simple: promise to inform neighbors and friends about the library and urge them to support the Library as a vital asset to the town.
Another fund raising opportunity is to donate the dollar value your taxes would have been if the library had received town funding. Some supporters have doubled that amount to cover a neighbor who might not be able to afford a donation at this time.
The GYRL board and staff thank all those who have already donated to this important cause. If you still haven't had a chance to contribute, you may send a check made payable to the Gilmanton Year-Round Library, or if you prefer, visit our web site, www.gyrla.org, where you can make a donation through your PayPal account or with your credit card. Donations are tax deductible.
Board of Directors
Gilmanton Year-Round Library

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013 11:37

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