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An immigrant's perspective on the gun control debate

As one who came to America from a socialist country at the age of 18, I find it terrifying that elected officials would challenge the legitimacy of rights granted by our Constitution.

When I moved here those many years ago, I was promised my freedom by a Bill of Rights unlike any document ever written previously. It was a liberating experience.

Yet today, I once again feel threatened and intimidated by my government. I implore our elected officials to put emotion aside and ponder the consequences of restricting people's right to own guns. If there is no regard for those rights, they will be lost forever.

To me as an immigrant, this issue isn't about guns. It's about freedom. We can argue all day over statistics and theories, but the real issue is our liberty. Using untruths about something to get it banned or restricted is disingenuous and ignores the rights of all Americans.

Take it from an immigrant's perspective, please, and try to imagine what will happen to this country if our are freedoms are legislated away. It will not just affect gun owners but all of us.

Ned Crabb, Oxford

Copyright © 2015, CT Now
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