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Stop & think before you advocate violence against a fellow citizen

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To The Daily Sun,

The letter in today’s (6/15) Daily Sun by Dr. Breen was very contemplative and thought provoking, especially in light of what happened yesterday in Washington. It is far too easy and comfortable to associate only with those who think and feel like we do especially on media sites where you can maintain anonymity, bolster your own ideology, find comfort with those who agree with you and/or mislead the angry and mentally unstable to think their vengeful actions are justified. Instead of dialogue and compromise, we are able to release our anger and frustrations sometimes without regard to who might see it.

I saw two new terms emerging from the news cycle yesterday: “Violent rhetorical terrorism” and “violent political terrorism”. One definition of terrorism: the use of violent acts to frighten the people in an area as a way of trying to achieve a political goal. I’m sure that most of us don’t know or communicate with anyone we believe fits this description and I’m equally sure that if you are on any social media sites, you have seen postings you would consider to be, at least questionably, on the verge of hate speech. I have posted Dr. Breen’s message on my Facebook page because I think it’s a message that needs to be shared. Please think about the words written by Dr. Breen and if you are tempted in a moment of anger or frustration with our current political environment to write something hateful or share something hateful you have seen posted — stop. This is advocating violence against another American citizen. This is not who we are as Americans.

Althea Dunscombe

Center Harbor