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Letter: Minnesotans' gun rights under threat

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Letter: Minnesotans' gun rights under threat
Hastings Minnesota 745 Spiral Boulevard 55033

To the editor,

All of you gun owners who voted to re-elect Katie Sieben last November may soon be deeply regretting your decision if she and her DFL colleagues have their way. The DFL-controlled legislature is now hoping to ram through the Minnesota Gun Violence Prevention Act, a package of gun-control bills, which, if enacted into law, would rival New York in their oppressiveness. It includes universal background checks (tantamount to gun registration), bans on so-called "assault weapons," bans on high-capacity magazines and provisions that would discourage people from seeking professional help for fear they would lose their gun rights if they did so. Many current concealed-carry protections would be stripped away as well.

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Gun control doesn't work because criminals by definition don't obey the law anyway. Chicago, despite its handgun ban, had over 500 murders last year; by contrast, Kennesaw, Ga., which requires every household to own a gun, hasn't had a murder in 30 years. The Sandy Hook shootings took place in a "gun-free zone" in a state that according to the Brady Campaign had the fifth-toughest gun laws in the nation.

A certain level of personal risk is part of the price we all pay to live in a free society. That's something I'm willing to accept. The alternative is not the peaceful utopian society that naive liberals dream about, but rather a totalitarian nightmare regime like Nazi Germany or the USSR. Let's not abandon reason and truth for emotionalism and hysteria.

John Windsor

Newport

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