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Armed America

Posted in "North Carolina" by helenofmarlowe on July 25, 2016

Published in Winston-Salem Journal, Sunday, July 24, 2016

The Readers’ Forum: Sunday letters

Correspondent of the week

HELEN ETTERS, Winston-Salem

Armed America

Protests over police brutality? Mass killings? This is America.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that guns kill 30,000Americans per year. Less than 3 percent of these are self-defense.

This is America. This does not happen in Canada or Australia or Spain or any other industrialized nation. This is America! In other countries, police approach a car or a suspect and don’t have to wonder whether this person is carrying a gun. They assume the citizen is not, and that is almost always correct. In America, police approach a car or a suspect and they assume the person they are stopping, for perhaps a broken turn signal, is likely carrying a gun.

They have to fear for their lives every time they stop someone for speeding, and when they expect that the citizen probably has a gun, they are more likely to use their own. When our own NC state legislators prevent the public from seeing the police-cam recordings, they only make matters worse.

As Ronald Reagan said in May, 1967, “There’s no reason why on the street today a citizen should be carrying loaded weapons.”

If we don’t like this armed America, if we want to protect our police officers, if we want a safe country, then we have to get rid of the guns. Get rid of the guns.

Helen Etters
Winston-Salem
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Former KKK Grand Wizard David Duke to Run for US Senate; Says Trump Acceptance Speech Inspired Him

Posted in "North Carolina" by helenofmarlowe on July 23, 2016

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any scarier – The “sheriff’s star” incident drew praise from white supremacist leader David Duke, and now Duke says the country is moving in his direction.The former Ku Klux Klan leader is running for the U.S. Senate, linking his decision to Donald Trump. Every time I think “this will be the end of Trump” I am proven wrong. I ran across Mercedes Schneider’s EduBlog and thought this worth reblogging.

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The 1992 Louisiana governors race put former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke against known crooked former Louisiana governor, Edwin Edwards.

Edwards was known for lining his pockets with public money, but the prospect of Duke as governor was just plain scary.

Knowing Edwards would rip off Louisana, and familiar with the political catch of really wanting neither candidate but knowing one must be elected, people circulated bumper stickers that read, “Vote for the crook. It’s important.” (Indeed, Edwards ended up serving eight years in federal prison, 2002-2011, for corruption.)

I was thinking of that 1992 Louisiana governor’s race today as I read yet another piece (I have read many) that offer concern of Donald Trump in the White House as frightening.

And wouldn’t you know, even as I was thinking of the similar current of fear shared by the Trump for Prez and Duke for Gov campaigns…

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