To the Editor:

It's sad that many elected "public" servants these days conveniently claim that it is too dangerous in order to avoid the unpleasant task of facing groups of constituents in a real town hall setting.

Statistically, the president, with all of his security, is more likely to die by an assassin's bullet than any member of Congress. Not coincidentally, many of those same elected officials will vote against even common-sense gun control legislation on principle while failing to walk the walk. The party of Lincoln should note that Lincoln, despite knowing of plots to take his life, tempted fate many times, but was assassinated when his guard left his post.

Orlan Brown

Murphysboro

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