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Initiative 1639 flawed, misguided

Sue Lani Madsen’s article in the Spokesman-Review, June 2 is a well-reasoned rebuttal for the forthcoming flawed Initiative 1639. The organizing group’s name, Alliance for Gun Responsibility, belies the fact that it is just another attempt to interfere with gun owners and ultimately confiscate their guns. Ms. Madsen articulates the reasons the initiative is a veiled attempt to do just that.

But what needs to be added to the article is what happened in Belgium this week to two police officers. They were both stabbed to death by a terrorist shouting “God Is Great” as he took their guns from them. He later shot and killed an innocent passenger in the car that he stole.

If Initiative 1639 and other initiatives like it are successful, who is to protect us when the police are killed in the line of duty? We must be afforded the opportunity to protect ourselves. That is why our Founding Fathers gave us the Second Amendment.

John Bunch

Mead

 

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