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Published: Thursday, Feb. 14 2013 6:45 p.m. MST

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Bluffdale, UT

i can protect and stay free with a 30 30 or a model 870 shot gun i dont need assault rifles, and dont know what all of you think is happening here anyway. you would shoot a federal officer that took your 30 round magazine? maybe you are who you should be protecting yourself from. killing ruins the soul. these people are americans too. ive served in the army, and i like my country. and its people lets talk things out not shoot it out.

Mike Richards
South Jordan, Utah

Do we have "preemptive" laws restricting speech? Do we have to have a document from the government allowing us to speak? Sure, almost everyone knows that shouting "fire" in a crowded theater is going to result in prosecution, but do we have to have permission from the government before using our guaranteed right to speak?

Those who tell us that the government has the right to restrict us before we do something had better think long and hard about their 1st Amendment right to speak without permission from the government. They are demanding infringement from the government on one right. Why would they be surprised if the government trampled all over another right?

There is no option for the Governor. He is either for the Constitution or he is against the Constitution. If he is for the Constitution, he will defend our right to keep and bear arms. He will demand that the Federal Government respect our right to keep and bear arms and that it leave the citizens of Utah alone regarding that right. He will also demand that the Federal Government restrict itself to those duties authorized by the people.

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