|DATE:||April 25, 2020|
|TO:||USF & NRA Members and Friends|
|FROM:||Marion P. Hammer|
|USF Executive Director|
|NRA Past President|
There have been a few times in my life that I have read something that touches me so deeply and so profoundly, it brings me to tears. This is one of those times. Please read every single word of the OpEd below. You owe it to yourself, your children and your grandchildren to read it, to cherish it, and to never, ever forget it.
Commentary: COVID-19 lockdown gives Americans a taste of tyranny
Apr 24th, 2020
By Ingrid M. Sigler
I am an immigrant and a naturalized citizen. My parents brought me to the United States of America from war-torn Europe when I was ten years old. My parents and older brother lived through World War II. My father was taken into Germany as slave labor, my mother survived by fleeing her home with my older brother, living in the countryside, hiding with a farm family until the Americans liberated Holland.
We came here to be free. My parents lived the American dream, rising from abject poverty to build their own business, free to make their own way and to pursue happiness – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, just like it says in the Preamble to our beloved Constitution. I have experienced the “Blessings of Liberty” and I am thankful for each and every one of those “blessings.”
As I write this, is my birthday. I wish I could say that it is a “happy birthday”, but it’s not. This birthday, in the year 2020, is like no other. Our country and our state are in virtual lock-down. People are fearful for their safety and the health of their families, and our government has given us a small peek at what totalitarianism must be like. I fear for my adopted country, and I fear for our constitutional form of government....
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