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I am currently a rational human being, a devout believer in Christian principles, and a person committed to loving others and behaving morally. Accordingly, I have no desire to own a military-style assault weapon. 

If, in the future, you learn I have decided to procure one, do not wait for a "red flag" law to intervene. That is the red flag; I want you to confront me about it. 

If I tell you I need it for hunting, in order to increase my body count and inflict maximal damage on my prey, I have become dangerously aggressive. If I tell you I need it for self-defense, I have become dangerously paranoid. If I tell you I simply want to own the baddest gun in my neighborhood, I have become dangerously addicted. If I tell you it is none of your business, I have become dangerously schizophrenic. If I tell you it is simply a logical extension of my desire to protect human life, I have become completely unhinged.

In any event, for God's sake, for my sake, and for yours, I beg you to get that gun out of my hands before it is too late.

Dan Kennedy

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Make America great again — again

The President has said, "My rhetoric brings people together." He's certainly correct; it has brought together white supremacists, Nazis, KKK members, xenophobes, homophobes, QAnon conspiracy cretins and those who post hate on 8Chan.

Good people need to continue to reject his "rhetoric" for what it is — hateful.

He and the Republican cowards in Congress who won't stand up to him must be defeated in 2020. It is not only the right thing to do, it is necessary to save the United States of America and make it the great nation it once was before Trump.

James M. Hemsley

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Trump lacks all classical virtues

Yes, Trump is a racist, meaning for starters that he lacks the values of justice and truth — quite a handicap in a president. And, amazingly, he lacks all the other classical virtues: chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, humility; while embodying their corresponding vices: lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride.

What a sad comment his election makes on Americans.

Freedom and life as we know it are threatened by our mistake. Please reflect on what his presidency means to us as individuals, to our country and to the world.

Get informed, and get involved in politics. It matters.

Faye Walter, Sewanee

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Trump shaming U.S., Republicans

I am writing in response to Donald Trump's comments about the four freshman congresswomen of color of whom he says "should go back to their country."

The silence of Mitch McConnell is regrettable; the silence of Kevin McCarthy is deafening. How long will the Republican Party allow this president to shame it? How long will it put up with a white nationalist president?

I rest my case. The Republican Party created this monster.

Mike C. Bodine

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