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Constitutional Carry Gun Bill: Put it to a vote of the people
Debi DeSilver, The Chronicle (Elgin)

The gun debate.

Not being able to go to the voting booth and have a voice in one of the most polarizing issues facing our great Nation elicits fear, frustration and anger among most people I know.

Sure, we have a representative form of government. I get that. When our elected officials cast their vote "for the District," I wonder how many people they have actually received input from ... versus giving everyone in the District who cares enough to register to vote to speak directly for themselves.

Why not?

Over the last several years I've been given the opportunity to voice my opinion directly at the polls about liquor and marijuana through the avenue of State Questions. Why not guns?

I lived in Texas in 1994 when then-Governor Ann Richards lost a gubernatorial reelection bid after she vetoed a concealed carry bill.

Vetoed. Obviously, she went against the will of the people and the will of the representatives. I always wondered what made her think she, individually, knew what was best for the entire state of Texas. The people had spoken.

I lived in Oklahoma in 2018 when then-Governor Mary Fallin vetoed Senate Bill 1212, which would have allowed citizens to carry a gun without a permit.

Vetoed. Obviously, she, like Ann Richards, went against the will of the people and the will of the representatives. I wondered - again - how one person, individually, knew what was best for the entire state of Oklahoma. The people had spoken.

This time - let the people's voice be respected. Let us vote.

What are "they" afraid of?

The voice of the majority?

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