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Letter: Our Right to Defend Ourselves

To the Editor:

I write in support of preserving New Hampshire’s Stand Your Ground law. Although I have no problem with sane, law-abiding citizens who chose to carry firearms, I personally do not carry or own a gun. My weapons are my intellect, experience and 20 years of martial arts and hand-to-hand combat training and teaching.

In regard to the controversial Stand Your Ground law, no citizen should be forced to retreat when put under a potentially mortal threat or attack from a criminal. The good people in law enforcement simply cannot be everywhere to protect everyone. It is the aggressive thug who should be on the defensive, not decent citizens. The sociopath trying to rob, rape or kill you is counting on you playing your role as the victim. I say a loud “No!” to this madness.

We, the people of New Hampshire, have the right to protect ourselves from criminal violence. I choose to do this with my brain, hands, feet, elbows and knees. However, I understand my situation is somewhat unique, due to my training. Therefore, I support my fellow Granite Staters’ Second Amendment right to carry and use a firearm to protect themselves. As with self-defense practice, proper judgment and training are essential with guns. New Hampshire must be careful not to end up like Massachusetts, where seemingly only criminals, crooks and the state are armed, and citizens are left to fend for themselves against life-threatening violence. Stand up for yourselves, New Hampshire, and send criminals a strong message. Keep the Stand Your Ground law as is.

Christopher S. Spaulding

Lebanon