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Reader’s view: History proves value of an armed citizenry

Published 02/26/2013, Duluth News Tribune

In response to the obvious sarcasm from the writer of the Feb. 22 letter, “Elections better protection than well-armed citizens,” the effectiveness of a deterrent cannot be measured reliably until it is gone. Try asking 17 million Soviet citizens who died at the hands of Adolf Hitler after having their weapons confiscated by Joseph Stalin. An election in prewar Germany had Hitler by a landslide. They had no constitution with a bill of rights, so privately owned weapons were confiscated.

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