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Charles Burdick

Charles Burdick

Some people have a long history of not being truthful. Vladimir Lenin once said, “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”

Maybe there is some merit to his statement. When the truth is spoken, it is easier to repeat it the same way. When you lie, remembering just what was said can be difficult.

President Trump has said several times we need stricter background checks and better laws on gun control after the Dayton and El Paso massacres. He knew at that time, the NRA — his bread and butter — would not agree.

A few days later, I heard him say we already had good background checks being done in our country, so he was now backpedalling. He wasn’t being truthful when he said this, because to deceive people is the same as lying. Trump is an expert in saying things that he knows people want to hear.

Sir Winston Churchill said, “A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.” I think he’s right because it seems lies travel fast. Nikita Khrushchev said, “Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build a bridge even where there is no river.”

Sounds like our president wanting to build a wall where there is no need.

On TV, I heard the president say, “Guns don’t pull the trigger, people do.” How ridiculous this statement is, and it's and made by our president. I don’t know of anyone that thinks a gun could fire itself. But what I and everyone else knows is that background checks are a problem that allows many dangerous people to slip through the net and not be detected. The majority of people believe that military-grade weapons of any kind has no place in the public. These weapons are made to kill in mass amounts and as long as they are obtainable by the public, no background check will prevent them from being used in the way as we keep seeing them used.

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I can only wonder how many more must die before our politicians see a need to pass laws. Why on Earth would anyone need or want a military weapon is a mind boggling thought.

We must remember that the Second Amendment was written in 1791. This was the days of the musket, a large-caliber usually muzzle-loading military firearm. In no way am I saying we should eliminate the Second Amendment, but to update it is needed.

I am a firearm-owner and have always owned a gun. I’m a family man and a God-loving one. I served our country in the military, was the mayor of our town for one term, spent 16 years as Alderman, nine years as city clerk. I served on the Jackson-Union Port Authority Board for several years and have been a continuous member of the VFW and American Legion for 65 years. I have always had opinions and will continue to do so and believe I have the right to express them and believe the United States is the greatest country in the world.

What you have read is my strong-felt opinion.

Some top economists are predict that a recession is looming. What I’ve read gives different timings as to when this will occur. Some predictions give late 2020. They all agree that the China tariffs have a big bearing on this.

Trump has said that “someone had to take on China and I did. I am the chosen one.”

Let us pray that the chosen one, with the help of Congress, can get us on a straight and righteous path. God bless America.

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Charles F. Burdick is a lifelong resident of Grand Tower. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and then went on to a 42-year Maritime career including 35 years as Master Pilot. He has been retired for 23 years and enjoys local history and writing poetry.

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