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Letters to the editor: Citizens with guns make society safer

6:36 PM, Jun. 28, 2013  |  Comments

Quaker elder Tom Barlow accused Rep. Michael Schraa of several things he is guilty of himself. Schraa's superb "Firearms Freedom Act" simply allows Wisconsin law enforcement to uphold Wisconsin law, guaranteeing they will not be punished for obeying our laws if federal laws conflict. He cited the Second, Ninth, and 10th Amendments to the Constitution showing it is Barlow who lacks a "grasp of our government systems." Barlow opines that "No one needs a semi-automatic weapon for protection ? in a civil society." That might have some credibility if we lived in a civil society, but a glance at any newspaper any day shows we have plenty of crime, from robbery to rape to murder.

If the gang-bangers can attack us with semi-autos, law-abiding citizens should have recourse to have them for defense.

Schraa's bill is not "outright defiance of federal laws." The federal laws in consideration are outright defiance of both the U.S. and the Wisconsin constitutions.

If Quaker elder Barlow doesn't want a gun, that's his prerogative, the rest of us have the right to defend our families as we see fit. Guns are used about 2.5 million times each year to prevent crimes.

Almost all the mass shootings occur in "gun-free zones" (better called "criminal safe zones"). Guns in the hands of citizens make for a safer, more civil, society.

Teno Groppi

Board of Directors

Wisconsin Gun Owners

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