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Letter to the Editor:

In response to those trying to impose their knee-jerk and ivory-tower ideals on the United States while ignoring real life in the real world, I offer my history to be included in this discussion.

I was born and raised in the Dexter and Chicago Boulevard area of Detroit, which was a changing neighborhood during the 1940s and ’50s. As a youth, I went to the Fisher YMCA and learned to swim, shoot pool and .22s. At a penny a bullet, I earned Marksmanship, Sharpshooter and Expert badges. At Cass Technical High, I took ROTC and trained with the M1 Rifle and M1 Carbine.

After graduation, I had the choice to either work in a factory or join the military. In the U.S. Air Force (USAF), I trained with an M1 Carbine that the USAF considered a side arm, along with the .45 and .38 caliber pistols. I earned a Small Arms Medal that I was not allowed to wear because I was a medic with a Geneva Convention Card. I served in the USAF for eight years and had the experiences of being part of the Cuban Missile Crises.

When I left the USAF on June 30, 1967, I purchased an Army surplus carbine for $17.34, and returned to Detroit just in time for the Detroit riots. I saw all reason, law and order disappear in less than 24 hours. I had to drive through free fire zones to get to work at Henry Ford Hospital, where I worked in surgery on fire and police casualties. My home in Dear-

born was just three blocks from the Detroit line, and I had to fire my M1 Carbine to defend my wife and two kids from the gangs and fire bombers attacking my house.

I attended night classes at Wayne State University where we had to park, wait and walk to and from classes in groups.

After graduation, I moved to the security of Northbrook, Ill., and worked as a field auditor covering a 10-state area.

In 1988, I moved to the East Village neighborhood in Chicago, which was a drug and gang infested neighborhood. Fed up with all the shootings, we, the community, organized and cleaned up the neighborhood. We managed to turn Division Street from skid row to sidewalk cafes. We were lucky and had one of the only houses in our area that was not broken into, thanks to the “Trespassers Will Be Shot” signs in our front basement windows.

During this period, the Illinois State Senate was creating the definition of an “assault weapon.” I went to Springfield and testified to the committee using the Army Tech manual and manufacture’s manual that my M1A1 Carbine was a .30 caliber, semi-automatic (one shoot per trigger pull) weapon with a standard 15- round magazine. They ig­nored all testimony and outlawed the M1 Carbine. Serving on this state Senate Committee was then state Sen. Barack Obama!

After I retired, I escaped to Wisconsin and now enjoy the North Woods. However, a few years ago, I was faced with the problem of four hunters on my posted property. I told them there was no hunting on this side of the lake and asked them to leave. I got my carbine from the gun locker, fired two shots into the air, watched them run and was glad I still had 13 rounds left.

I strongly believe in our U.S. Constitution and I will keep my carbine to defend my family and my home from the wild animals, savages, outlaws, crazies and dictators of this world.

James Lynn

Eagle River


Tuesday, February 19, 2013 3:51 PM


+27 #46 2013-03-11 19:58
Bill, I can actually say you are CORRECT for once. I was in army for four years and am currently a police officer for 18 years. I believe your a little 10-96 but with some help you should be ok. I can also see why you have a problem with police carrying weapons.
+22 #45 2013-03-11 18:56
Bill, I am glad that most people agree with me. It's better than all the negative ratings your getting ! Can you imagine how low your rating would be if all your family members didn't help YOU out! haha
-30 #44 Frank Gabl 2013-03-05 14:17
Update on Colorado HB 1224 / SB 13-196:

It was amended to exclude “handguns shotguns and bolt-action rifles.”
This is the text of the Bill which passed committee last night. Note the excessive and childish “liberal speak” riddled throughout. Not to mention the repetitive invented term “assault weapon” rather than semi-automatic.

Specifically note the lie in Part 12 – 7b: “Military-style assault weapons are a common thread linking the recent mass shootings in Newtown, Oak Creek, Aurora, Columbine, and others.”

Now note the propaganda pushed by Mark Kelly starting at the 3:00 minute mark:
-31 #43 2013-03-05 11:52
Jason, your latest comment from one week ago, only has drawn a rating of +1, does that mean only one person (yourself) read your liberal comment?

It certainly puts your +20 comment rating into question. Perhaps your mom, dad, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews, in-laws, grandparents, etc... consindered their giving you a thumbs up only a one-time favor.
-30 #42 Frank Gabl 2013-03-05 03:40
How To Ban Guns By Banning High-Capacity Magazines - For Dummies:

As easy as one, two and… three (vote set for Friday):

(The story refresher regarding shotgun ban)

(Results from Monday’s Senate Committee vote referenced by reporter in video above)
+27 #41 Denny Erardi 2013-03-04 19:45
I didn't take your leashed dog comment in any specific manner other than as an insult, which is what you intended. Unless of course, I've totally missed your point, and in your crowd, calling someone a "leashed dog" is a compliment. My point is that I'd prefer to converse without any name calling or personal aspersions.

Your assessment of my political ideology is incorrect and as I've now said more than once, your political alignment is insignificant to me. I enjoy debate with intelligent people. I don't know you personally and that's why I don't make any assumptions about who or what you are.

I disagree with your viewpoints, and my unwillingness to respond as you tell me to do has nothing to do with my intellect, nor my ability to argue coherently. It has to do with understanding the futility of that attempt, and in not wishing to dignify your insults and assumptions by playing. In some circles, it's called "dropping the rope".
-33 #40 2013-03-04 19:15
Denny, I had you pegged as a liberal from the start. Your inability to argue your points based on FACTS proves once again, I am correct.

Liberals love to speak in generalities and in words that make themselves feel better. Yet liberals lack the common sense to solve a economic or social problem.

Denny and his merry band of take from the rich and give to the poor, lets take away your rights, liberals just want to do "what is right" no matter how many of our rights are in the way.

By the way Denny, it seems you did not understand the leashed dog comment, taking it as an insult from me to you.

A leashed dog has NO independent thought, it only can be led by its MASTER. Unleash yourself Denny, that was my point, not to compare you to a dog as you took it.
+30 #39 Denny Erardi 2013-03-04 16:44
Bill - thanks for the suggestion, however, I'll respond in the manner I choose, and I'll articulate my positions or opinions however I want to do that as well. As far as your "leashed dog" comment, what an exemplary view into the manner in which you choose to communicate.

Thanks, but no -- I'm not interested in participating in a posturing exchange with you. I haven't labeled you as this or that, and have asked questions about whether it's possible to have a discussion exploring our different viewpoints without resorting to name calling, and without pigeonholing a person based upon our own prejudices. I asked if there was any commonality upon which we could agree to use as a starting point for a conversation.

I understand that you've provided an answer of sorts to that.
-31 #38 Frank Gabl 2013-03-03 14:11
After all, a whopping 356 individuals were victims of homicide nationwide in 2011, in which shotguns were the weapon of choice.

And, like “our dad of the country” tweeted: "If there’s even one thing we can do, if there’s just one life we can save—we've got an obligation to try.”

So the legislation below is a 1/50th contribution to address the thirty or so children per year (if that many) who are included in the number above. As for saving the 12,000 innocent victims of late-term abortions, out of the 1.2 million annual total, that would be too “extreme” a measure for “our dad” to consider.

Truth is, “our president” wears a black hat.
-31 #37 Frank Gabl 2013-03-02 14:48

Congratulations on winning the comments battle!

I realized just how important this is to you when you revealed: “I'm just glad the majority of people who read our (you and Bill) comments agree with me.”

Still, I know a technique you could use to not only keep your numbers up, but top the charts as well. In addition to the NRA and Tea Party bashing, just blend in a little pro-Obamacare and gay marriage advocacy for good measure. Before you know it, frequent readers will be offering to buy you a black hat as a symbol of solidarity.

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