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We are not a nation of fear
Who’s knocking at the door
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I have never to my knowledge advocated that one should NOT be able to buy a gun to protect themselves and their family and hunting guns.
I have and still do advocate better background checks. The way things are here in America so far as guns are controlled, Al Capone, if still alive, could walk in many places and buy himself an arsenal. No questions asked as many, by the way, do.
I do not apologize to anyone for advocating for better gun control here in America.
I do think that was a cheap shot the columnist made concerning the grisly column sent in to the NWA on 10/1/2014 to scare people, more or less warning folks to run out and BUY a gun. If you don’t already have one, then sit at home or even in bed or running around to shake in their boots and always keep your guns cocked.
We, in America, are not a nation of fear. We are sensible in knowing how to protect  ourselves and our families; always engaging our Lord in prayer as to how to do that. Our Lord does not want us to be shaking in your boots, nervous, keeping our guns cocked. Engage our Lord. He will help guide you and, of course, always be sensible One can always come up with an anecdote for almost anything.
If you don’t believe it, just watch TV  people selling this and that - always anecdote after anecdote. Here is so-and-so who was a complete weakling, who took these vitamins. Now she can run at least a 10-mile marathon.
I am concerned that guns in America are out of control. There are many people who agree.
And as I have written before, if ISIS or the big guns ever did get to the point they could get to our homes here in America, they would have already defeated our country and confiscated lots of war machinery. I assure you your guns would not do you one bit of good and besides, most of us probably would not even exist at that time.
You don’t have to be real smart to understand that. Without a doubt, they would by that time have tanks, bombs and big, big guns.
As they do, America’s guns are much bigger. As our Lord says, “Fear not, for I am with you, even to the end of the world.” Pray for peace.

Nadine Hood Overstreet
Haleyville
Ronald Reagan allegedly said, "The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'" A friend heard a similar greeting one morning when answering a surprise knock at his door. He sent an email detailing what ensued.
Two FBI agents told him they had been investigating a "rumor" for more than a year about something he had said. He invited them inside and offered coffee while they visited. One agent asked about three particular rumors: 1. "remarks about Obama installing terrorist Muslims in the White House Security Detail." 2.  "derogatory comments about Obama’s handling of the Syrian Crisis." 3. "comments about stocking up on AK ammo."
My friend answered the first two questions admitting not only he but also most of the people he knew were sharing similar comments and remarks all over the Internet!
The third question broke the camel's back, and my friend explained a few finer points to clarify his personal situation. I'm quoting from his email:
“First of all just about everything you have mentioned is all over the Internet, and my incoming email from just about all my email buddies, most of whom I spent 2 tours with in Vietnam” (they both then expressed surprise…didn’t know I was a Vet or an Aviator!!!). I went on that this “rumor most likely came from the NSA snooping on our email (They never would tell me how they got their info). I then said, and I quote… 'In case you have any doubts, let me make perfectly clear. I’m a staunch Republican, and a devout conservative. I love my xountry. I love my God, and I love my constitutional republic. I also don’t like what is happening to my country.'"
 My friend said the agents appeared a bit cowed by his response. He closed writing, the agent who had questioned him ended the interview saying, "this is over…we don’t consider you a threat…I will write it up that way in my report."
A 'THREAT?' Really? The FBI is questioning an aging military veteran about "comments" and "remarks" someone had deemed threatening?
Let's put this into context. Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood shooter, had a long history of threatening communication with people our government had designated as terrorists. As far as I know, no FBI agents ever questioned him about his comments before he killed 13 fellow service members while shouting "Allahu Akbar!"
The Tsarnaev brothers posted threatening "comments" on social media months before bombing the Boston Marathon, and as far as I know no FBI agents questioned them before they killed three people and injured more than 360 others April 15, 2013.
Alton Alexander Nolen, aka 'Jah'Keem Yisrael' on Facebook, beheaded one co-worker in Moore, Oklahoma, and was attacking another when the COO of the company shot Nolen to stop the attack. I wonder whether the FBI investigated the COO about having a gun at work.... As far as I know, the FBI had never questioned Nolen, even though he had a long criminal history and had posted threatening "comments" on his Facebook page.
 Evidently, Muslims who post threatening comments on social media need not fear visits from the FBI, but anyone else who questions our government should be careful when they 'comment.' Excuse me; someone is knocking on my door....

Daniel L. Gardner
Starkville, Mississippi
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