To the Editor:

The following is a statement from NH State House Representative Deborah Stevens from Nashua in June 2019, "I have visited gun sites where there is an open discussion about shooting people. And about total anarchy, too. Total unbridled violence…so pathetic to have those values, in my opinion."

What "gun sites" would that be, exactly? I have been a member of fish & game and rod & gun clubs in NH and visited other clubs for decades. I am a 71-year-old woman who supports our Second Amendment rights. Never, ever, have I heard any gun owner in NH speak the language NH State House Representative Deborah Stevens is spewing.

Then, on January 3, 2020, NH State House Representative Stevens posted the following: “If Trump loses in 2020, these people who’ve been stockpiling ammo and amassing weaponry are planning to start a civil war.” “What will that be like?” “Are they planning mass slaughter?” “These people are unstable, full of hate and bigotry. These people are the dangerous people among us who own guns and brazenly declare their intentions to harm people who disagree with their views.”

The Representative has stated that she has received threats. Absolutely no one should threaten this woman who represents Nashua’s Ward 7. That is not how we address such issues in New Hampshire. However, she has cast unwarranted aspersions on residents of New Hampshire and continues to do so. Further, the NH State House of Representatives Speaker Shurtleff has not publicly rebuked or disciplined Representative Deborah Stevens. Vote in the NH State primary on September 8, 2020, and vote Republican in the General Election November 3, 2020. New Hampshire deserves better than this.

Sandra Maida

Kingston

 

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