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Dont beg for a right -- 2nd Amendment -- already guaranteed

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To the Editor:

I was watching the Lebanon City Council meeting recently, and it suddenly sunk in how far the anti-gun people have progressed in their fight to de-legitimize our 2nd Amendment rights.

The realization came when listening to a citizen speak in opposition to permit holders carrying handguns in city parks. He said that if he ever felt there was the need to allow handguns in parks, he would be the first to come before the council and beg them to change the law.

There it was; the word that made me realize how successful the liberals have been in their relentless assault on the 2nd Amendment. He said “beg.”

It was not that this citizen used the word, but rather the fact that I did not have an immediate reaction to it that is so telling. It almost went unnoticed. It had to sink in for a while. The liberals have been so successful in marginalizing the 2nd Amendment that it seemed almost natural to use that word when discussing it. 

You “beg” for a handout. You “beg” for charity. You do not “beg” for a right that is guaranteed by our country’s founding document, and has been fought for and sustained by the sacrifices of our ancestors. Would you “beg” for the right to speak your mind?  Would you “beg” for the right to worship as you see fit?  The thought of begging for these is repulsive to Americans, and so it should be. Why then would you “beg” for the right to keep and bear arms…the one right that underpins all others? This should be the most repulsive of all.

Arnold Scott GrigsbyLebanon

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