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Armed and humanist.

In response to Tina Dupuy ("Trust Me: You Believe in Gun Control," J/A 2012): trust me, if you research the issue you won't. I used to he in favor of gun control until I became interested in the issue and studied it for myself. Dupuy states, "making gun ownership unlimited doesn't make us safer. It's a lie. A fairy tale of the gun lobby. Completely unsupported by data or logic. A falsehood." This statement is a lie. The writings of our founders support the gun rights interpretation of the Second Amendment, and most of the social science research along with sound reasoning actually support the position of the gun lobby.

As a humanist I revere life and freedom, as should all humanists. Because of these values I believe that I have a moral duty to remain armed so that I can protect my own life, the lives of my loved ones, and the lives of my fellow citizens. I urge all fellow humanists not to trust me but to verify for themselves. You may be surprised at what you find. By the way, the NRA was founded in 1871, not 1870, and it is the oldest civil rights organization in the United States.

Joseph F. Boetcher

Las Vegas, NV

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Title Annotation:Letters
Author:Boetcher, Joseph F.
Publication:The Humanist
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Sep 1, 2012
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