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Violence will always be around

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Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013 12:00 am

Every day I see gun ownership rights taken away. I’ve been around guns all my life. My mother’s family in the northern part of the state are avid hunters, and we were all taught gun safety and respect for guns, life and nature.

Maybe twice a year my son and I go to the range for target practice. We go with friends and have a good time. After shooting we stop for pizza. If a war breaks out I want them by my side. I know they can shoot.

Guns save lives. They saved me in San Francisco in 1969, Vallejo in 1979 and right here in good old friendly Lodi. When bad people know you have a gun, they usually give you a wide berth.

Instead of going after law-abiding ownership, punish the person who uses it unlawfully. I believe the death penalty serves a purpose, a necessary evil; if you do the crime, you must pay for it.

All these new laws are making honest people criminals — wrong, and downright un-American to the point of socialism. Our forefathers wouldn’t even be able to buy a gun today. Think of Andrew Jackson and Ulysses S. Grant, who lived with a lot of anger issues — they couldn’t own one. The super-rich can, because they can pay someone else to do the crimes and keep their hands clean.

Are we going to take the guns from our active duty soldiers because they may suffer from PTSD? They are still highly trained and able to handle a gun. I served in Viet Nam for 3 1/2 years.

I agree that no one needs an AK-47 or M-16 for deer hunting, or a dozen 50-round clips. If you need a gun like that, the Army will issue you one.

People have been killing each other since Cain and Abel by one means or another, so guns will always be around. Gun runners will be richer than ever, though. Only good law enforcement can prevail. The will of the people means nothing without backbone to carry it out!

Paul Jenson


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