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Cheshire Resident and Tea Party Supporter: "Guns Protect Us"

Letter to the editor on gun control in wake of Colorado shooting.

Editor's note: The following letter to the editor was submitted by Cheshire resident John Pepper* as an opinion.

The events in Aurora CO were tragic. Very sad. There are millions of good responsible sportsmen and gun owners in our great country, and a few bad apples. We should not  allow the action of one to be used to remove our God-given right to keep and bear arms. Especially, this is not the time to bow to the UN and its small arms treaty, which seeks to disarm Americans. Iran is on the treaty committee, and will use the UN to weaken us. The second amendment is to protect us from being ruled by a tyrannical government. The damage done by one evil person in Colorado was devastating, ;  the number of lives taken by evil government regimes are thousands times the Aurora toll. Call Senators Joe Lieberman and Richard Blumenthal today. God bless America, Long Live the Republic.

*Pepper is a supporter of the Tea Party movement and helped organize the protest rally at Cheshire Town Hall on June 29 against the U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act. A YouTube video of the rally can be seen here.

Nadine Irving July 27, 2012 at 04:52 PM
People like you infuriate me.
Lou July 27, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Why is that Nadine? Just curious.
Patrick Madley July 27, 2012 at 08:53 PM
The UN has not and will not weaken America. We are one of the biggest members of the UN and honestly, we are one of the founding members. Our country is a great, great, country. Gun control is a good thing. I am not saying I support getting rid of these weapons completely. I am saying that people should be required to do something before they are given a permit to carry a gun and to buy one. That's just an idea I have. Maybe people should be psychologically tested? I don't know. Something to protect the general public though.
John July 27, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Permits, laws more regulations. That's the answer when you let fear cloud your judgement. You honestly think more regulations will stop it. The last time I looked we have all of this regarding killing people. So I'm sure if we pass more regulations it will fix things. If you want to regulate things that kill, let's start with cars, maybe kitchen knives, baseball bats. Why are people so willing to give up freedom for fear. As the regulations rise our freedoms die. Freedoms that our forefathers paid for with their blood.
Patrick Madley July 27, 2012 at 09:41 PM
You're getting a bit dramatic, don't you think? You're telling me it's okay to let a man who is mentally ill own a gun? If we regulate who we sell them to, we may be able to reduce these issues
Julie Weisberg (Editor) July 27, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Joseph Bunyan commented via Facebook: "Banning guns because of the actions of one sociopath, is like banning spoon because ice cream sundaes make people fat... BTW, it's not a God given right, it's government given right. The bill of rights is a post script of the constitution, not the Bible."
Bill July 28, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Not is most definitely NOT a government given right anymore than freedom of speech is. The bill of rights was an addendum of god given rights the founders felt were so important and were so concerned the government might try to restrict that they felt the need, and so did the 13 states, that they be specifically spelled out in the constitution.
Daria Novak July 28, 2012 at 02:23 AM
When Australia put in gun control it only took 2 years for violent crime to rise to historic levels. It was a complete failure. We Americans don't really have to worry about law abiding, well-trained armed citizens. It is the criminals who illegally obtain guns that concern me. Outlawing guns doesn't slow or stop gun trafficking or crime by criminals. The 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution guarantees our citizenry the right to bear arms against a tyrannical government. I suggest reading The Founding Fathers thinking in works such as The Federalist Papers. They feared and sought to constrain the strength of the federal government. The powers given the federal government were limited and defined, while the powers reserved for the states were vague and numerous. Looking at Washington, DC today I think the Founding Fathers were right to fear that the federal government could get out of control!
Dan McCann July 28, 2012 at 08:41 AM
Patrick, This fall you will be attending SJU in Queens, right? Before making statements like you do about gun control I want you to open your eyes and mind. You will be living in the biggest metropolis with the heaviest gun control in America and you will see there is more gun violence in the streets of NYC than anywhere else. Gun Control does nothing but take the gun out of the hands of the people who need it most. In NYC a thug knows that if you break into a home, pick a victim on the subway, pick a victim in the park or see a car you like the chances of that person having equal or more firepower than you do is very unlikely. As an example here in CT home invasions are less because you never know what the homeowner may have behind that door. EH has some of the highest gun registrations in CT and I can not recall a home invasion here. Food for thought....How do I know that about NYC...?.BORN AND RAISED...
Christopher July 28, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Okay so the portion of you that point to failed attempts at gun control, what can be done to prevent some nut from mail ordering an arsonal for a planned massacre? Do nothing because it would keep that ammo "out of the hands of the people who need it most"? I wish the online companies that the shooter in Aurora ordered from had the sense to call him like a local shooting club had done before they turned down his membership. Try putting yourselves in the shoes of those who lost loved ones in Aurora that day. No one should be able to arm themselves so easily like this.
John July 28, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Dramatic! Hardly earlier this year I spent a month in Oakland, CA for family reasons. Almost on any given night you could hear gun fire. Some of the gun fire was full auto. Funny thing about full auto you never forget it when you hear it. Full autos are heavily regulated and expensive to own. To the point the average guy can't afford and don't want to go through the hassle to own a full auto. There are no shooting ranges close by and I don't know of any that are open at 2 AM I can't take my hand gun with me because of regulations but I'm sure the guys hiding in the bushes out in front of the house went through gun safety classes and had permits for the hand guns they used robbing the corner store. They probably have some kind of mental illness that regulations would have picked up. I'm sure they bought the hand guns at the local store. So let's pass more regulations and have the guy that wants to take his son hunting or just shooting spend more of his time and money jumping through hoops for what? Fear! What does that accomplish ? Give our over paid politicians something to do? Chip, chip, chip, chip away at our rights!
Palin Smith July 28, 2012 at 01:11 PM
The Aurora mass murderer was seeking help for his mental disorder. He was living with two roommates. What gives? Who missed the warning signs?
Christopher July 28, 2012 at 01:26 PM
The only fear I sense is from those who want to protect their selfish bonding sessions and not discuss issues with how easy it is to get a 100 round clip without any sort of checking.
Patrick Madley July 28, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Ah, Dan, I will not argue with you. I have my opinion as you do yours. I favor gun regulations. I favor our second amendment. All I am saying is that those who are not capable of having a gun, should not. And, just one side note, my family came straight from NYC and half of them still live there. Just making a comparison to you.
MisterSpuddy July 28, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Me too, Nadine. The blood of innocents is on the hands of people who think this way.
Harry July 28, 2012 at 09:48 PM
If gun laws were as strict as they are, some of the military personal may have been carrying or some other law abiding citizen and this thing would not be nearly as bad. Why aren't you all up in arms about the Obama administration providing GUNS to Mexican war lords that end up KILLING AMERICANS.. Where are you on that liberals
KevinMcG July 28, 2012 at 11:08 PM
Our ridiculously lax gun control is a direct result of the fear mongering media. An uncessarily frightened public feels compelled to buy guns to prtoect themselves from an exagerated threat. Allowing people to buy assalt weapons is a disgrace. If you want guns for sport or personal protection fine but claiming you have a right to own a weapon that fires multiple rounds per second is a crime against all reason.

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