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posted: 1/23/2013 5:00 AM

Constitution tells us all we need on guns

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There are a few things that cannot be decided by consensus. One of those things is our right to gun ownership declared in and protected by the Constitution of the United States. Nowhere in that document does it highlight exceptions that would deny that right. It also doesn't contain requirements that one must have to use or possess that firearm.

Politicians love to stipulate conditions on gun ownership in spite of having bodyguards protecting them and their families. At a meeting on a gun issue, I mentioned my concerns for owning a gun and a local politician said the rest of the constituency may not feel the same. Gun ownership is not contingent on what others think or feel. It is a constitutionally guaranteed right for people to own guns. You don't have to own a gun if you wish, but don't interfere with others right to own one.

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An extremely legitimate concern for gun ownership is the response time of the local police departments. How long does it take from the time a call is placed until an officer arrives to answer the call? The longer the response time justifies gun ownership in order to protect yourself, family and your property. That is a decision for each individual to make, not the politicians, neighbors or any one else.

Wayne Oras Sr.

Schaumburg

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