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Letter: Drifting Toward a Police State

To the Editor:

In response to your Jan. 15 editorial, “The Armed Citizen; Would Guns Really Thwart Tyranny?”: If nothing else, neighboring Enfield Police Sgt. Scott Thompson interprets the Second Amendment as intended by our founders. Fear and distrust of standing armies, like that of our then-recent British adversary, led to the Second Amendment’s sanctioning of “A well regulated Militia” lest the new federal government violate “the security of a free State.” The fact that armed citizens today would be hopelessly outgunned by U.S. military forces apparently is overlooked by Thompson.

What’s worrisome is that many readers will dismiss Thompson for the wrong reason. Americans too often either ignore or accept our drift toward police-state tyranny here at home for lack of an identifiable dictator leading us to such a despicable condition. They forget that in a democracy the citizens and their elected officials can bring tyranny upon themselves through fear, discord, ignorance, lack of interest or failure of leadership.

How else to explain the continued rise of all this and more during the Obama administration: warrantless wiretapping, infiltration, surveillance, searches and seizures; Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department claims of “state secrets,” thereby denying remedies to victims of “extraordinary rendition” and government-sanctioned torture; authorization for the U.S. military to arrest Americans suspected of aiding unspecified terrorist organizations, and indefinitely detain them without charge or trial; and the extrajudicial summary execution by drone of terrorism suspects and bystanders worldwide?

John Karol

Orford

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