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Citizens should have same rights


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On June 21, we had a shooting in the D.C. area.

Two congressmen, two police officers and two others were injured. The gunman was killed. One of the congressmen, Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was seriously wounded. The others seem to be recovering.
It was interesting to read that some congressmen are now wanting the right to carry concealed weapons in the D.C. area. This goes against liberal logic. Liberal logic would tell us that if we deny law-abiding citizens the capacity to defend themselves, we will have fewer shootings.
If you were planning an attack with firearms, would you be more likely or less likely to carry out that crime if you knew you might run into some people with concealed weapons?
Criminals, by definition, do not abide by the law. They will carry weapons whether or not it is legal.
Legislation introduced by Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, would “allow members of Congress to carry a concealed handgun anywhere in the United States.”
A better bill was introduced by Congressman Thomas Massie, R-Ky, that would require Washington D.C. to honor valid gun-carry permits from other states. Rep. Massie said the D.C. Personal Protection Reciprocity Act was a direct reaction to the recent attack on Republican congressmen at a baseball field in Alexandria, Virginia.
We must demand that our people in Congress be consistent. If congressmen need to be able to defend themselves, they should allow honest citizens the same rights.
Russell A. Scott