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Letter: Don’t abuse the right to bear arms

To the editor:

I have observed more and more gun owners carrying in public the past 10 years in Greater Nashua.

As an advocate of the Second Amendment to our American Constitution, I support the right to keep and bear arms. However, I noticed an individual during the Nashua Winter Holiday Stroll this past weekend who did not have a concealed weapons permit and was practicing the right to carry — yet doing so in a house of worship. Mind you, they were with their family and displayed no signs of outward hostility.

Just because someone has the right to do so does not mean that it is not poor form and judgment to bring a loaded and holstered weapon into a sacred space or its building. There are social customs and manners that keep a society civil.

Freedom of choice should always be preserved as an American heritage, but an individual’s respect and recognition for time and place to carry is equally as important as having the right and responsibility to carry. Those who advocate for the Second Amendment should practice mindfulness in reverent surroundings.

Richard Lowrance

Hollis

The hundred or so members of the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, who are alive today because concealed handgun licensee Jeanne Assam stopped an active killer on his way to the sanctuary to kill them, might disagree. Nor is that the only instance of CHLs stopping church shootings. Somehow active killers don't pay much attention to "social customs and manners that keep a society civil." Or gun laws.

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