Letter: Beem isn't the only one 'sick of (gun lobby) intimidation'

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Thank to Edgar Allen Beem for his column on being “sick of intimidation” by the gun lobby. Those are my sentiments exactly. Right below that column was Marian McCue’s commentary about the gun lobby supporters shooting videos of citizens signing petitions to require background checks at gun shows.

I am now aware that almost all public spaces have been co-opted by the gun lobby, since anyone with a gun can now carry it concealed. If they purchased their gun at a show, they haven’t even passed a background check.

Despite our intense drug and alcohol abuse problem in Maine and poor care system for people with mental illness, anyone can purchase a gun and conceal it. Think about this next time you shop, go out to eat, attend a show, visit your local library or post office. Many people around you may be carrying concealed guns and they may not all be kindly or mentally balanced.

Why are we allowing a minority to continue to intimidate us from taking rationale action, such as requiring background checks for all gun sales? Why do we allow our legislators to pass laws allowing concealed weapons without permits? The “2nd Amendment rights” argument is a falsehood. The right to bear arms was never intended as a right to intimidate.

How will you feel when the next legislative session grants rights to carry concealed guns on our college campuses? I’ve been told that’s what’s coming.

Sue Stableford

  • kathy

    as a American citizen I support senator Eric Brakey and governor Le Page for restoring a right that was once universally until the fanatical left deciding that none of us except the police ” well regulated miltia” or military right to bear arms. the second ammendent as defined by our founded fathers allows all citizens for are not criminals to keep and bear arms. I am not worry about the gun lobby as I am the intimidation that comes from the fanatical left gun confiscation crowd. Will Callahan South Portland ME

  • EABeem

    All universal background checks do is try to assure that felons do not buy guns. They do not deprive anyone of any rights whatsoever.

  • Chew H Bird

    I do not understand how someone with a concealed weapon (by definition not visible to others) is intimidating. Living life in fear of what might happen is unfortunate and I have sympathy for those who are afraid of things they cannot see.

    The one constant is that people who are sick or cruel will find ways to hurt others. No system, whether it be background checks, no checks, or intrusive regulations will prevent people who wish harm to others from doing so by whatever means they choose.

    No matter how tight any system of regulation is, there are always illegal methods available for those who wish to do harm. We like to think that obtaining a drivers license is a fairly tight system, yet there are regular headlines about people without licenses getting in accidents and doing harm to others. Somehow I like to think that most people who drive on public roads do not want to have accidents or violent confrontations but there are always a few “bad eggs” who tailgate, roll through stop signs, speed to excess, interpret the word “yield” as speed up and cut someone off, or drive with high beams on.

    Education and gun safety training is the best medicine regarding gun violence. As for mental health issues, we need to improve that system as it is completely separate from any gun legislation.