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Letters to the Editor: Arizona shooting

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Like much of the nation this past weekend, we at the Ellis County Tea Party watched in horror as a crazy gunman attacked a crowd gathering in Arizona for a street corner speak out held by Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

The killing of six people and the wounding of 13 is an unacceptable act of violence. All of us at the ECTP support the victims as they deal with the fall out of this gunman’s actions.

Contrary to what many media/press outlets have insinuated, there has been no evidence the shooter was involved with any political party or with the tea party.

We do not believe in the necessity of violence to solve our political issues. Our Founding Fathers created a Constitution that allows us to take political matters into our own hands; peacefully.

"I am extremely saddened by the actions of one misguided person," said ECTP member Linda Bounds.

"This is a good time to remind people of a quote from Ronald Reagan."

Reagan said, "We must reject the idea that every time a law is broken, society is guilty rather than the lawbreaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is accountable for his actions." 

"We would like ask the people of Ellis County to keep those people killed, injured, and those who witnessed this horrible act of madness in their prayers," said another member of the ECTP Leadership Cindy Kelly. "Although we can take all the right precautions, if someone is bent on causing harm, they will find a way. May God have mercy on this young man’s soul."

We at the ECTP strive to return our nation/state/locality to more traditional conservative values by re-establishing limited government, the rule of law, fiscal responsibility, personal responsibility and national sovereignty. But we intend to do so by working strictly within the boundaries of the law under our Constitutional rights as established by our forefathers.

We will not tolerate or condone any unlawful, hurtful or violent activities. At this time, we pause to extend our hopes and prayers to the individuals directly, and indirectly, affected by the tragedy that took place on Saturday.

We hope God will provide the comfort and strength they need to heal, physically and mentally.

Michael D. Williamson, Sr.

Press Coordinator ECTP


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