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On his return through France after enduring the beaches of Normandy and the Ardenne forest, my father asked those oppressed by Nazi extremists, "How did you let this happen?"

The reply was uniform and went like this: "We had no way to defend ourselves. "The government took our weapons we could have used to protect ourselves."

Those who protest now and seek to limit the type of firearms accessible to law-abiding citizens need only to pay attention to history and see the big picture.

The founders of our "free nation" knew exactly what oppression and tyranny of government meant.

History documents repeated violations of civilian freedoms and persecution of groups that oppose the status quo. Wake up, Generation Z. The weapon you seek to ban today may be needed by you, your children or your grandchildren tomorrow.

Charles Thimmesch, Caledonia

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