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Letters: Fund life, not death

Dear Editor:

Tell me why it is a higher priority for Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario to have an armored vehicle in his arsenal and to argue for people’s “rights” to own guns and magazines holding more than 15 rounds than it is for all our Garfield sheriff’s squad cars to carry automated external defibrillators to assist people having heart attacks?

What purpose does an armored vehicle serve other than to combat some wacko who Vallario believes should have the right to own a weapon that could potentially outgun the police? Why have my tax dollars gone to pay for this instead of something constructive and life-saving?

I am a multiple gun owner who hunts and understands the need for self-defense. Guns that hold more than 15 rounds are only meant for wiping out people and only belong in the hands of law enforcement or the military. I’m sick of politicians such as Vallario and the commissioners who fund him who pander for votes to the National Rifle Association — who would argue for your right to own a bazooka — and who often refer to themselves as “pro-life”.

If the Garfield County sheriff and commissioners are truly “pro-life,” they will put anautomated external defibrillator in every squad car and stop pursuing an agenda that could arguably be referred to as “pro-death.” And they don’t deserve your vote if they can’t do this.

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