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July 31, 2015

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Letter to the editor:

The right to live without fear

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I have reviewed, analyzed and had ambivalent feelings regarding gun control opinions.

Picture this if you can, and believe it because it is true.

I was 13 years old in 1955. My alcohol-saturated stepfather was determined to kill my mother, my brother and me. He had a rifle pointed at us and stood on the fourth step of the upstairs staircase. I walked to the second step, looked at him, and for 45 minutes I calmly talked him into putting the rifle down. He gave me the rifle, and to this day I’m not sure what I did with it. Many horrific incidents occurred in my childhood because of him. What ended it was that he was killed head-on by a tractor-trailer — yes, he was drunk. During his life he had access to two dangerous weapons — a rifle and a car; both kill if not used in the manner they were designed for. So, was this man a drunk with a mental problem or a mentally ill drunk?

All I’m saying is we cannot take away guns or cars, but I truly believe that a person should be scrutinized by more than only one psychiatrist stating they are mentally ill for domestic problems, anger problems, authority problems, etc.

We all have the right to live without fear, and that also is in the Constitution.

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