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Steven Cunningham State Representative
Sullivan District 2


April 18, 2010

Steven Cunningham represents the towns of Springfield, Croydon, Newport, Goshen and Washington in the NH House of Representatives. 

Representative Cunningham is a member of the House Committee on Municipal and County Government.

Editor's note: Last week, Alton selectman Pat Fuller revealed that she was raped during a home invasion last November. She said, "I had a gun in the house. It was unloaded and locked up 20 feet from me during the assault. That will never happen again." (More at the Union Leader.)


A recent newspaper story revealed that a New Hampshire female selectman was raped in her home. Sadly, she possessed a firearm, which society had encouraged her to keep unloaded and locked away.

A large segment of society encourages us all to abdicate our responsibility and concede it to our government which in the case of this selectman was our police. They weren't there. I applaud the selectman for her safe storage of her firearm, but her rape demonstrates the need to not only be responsible with our firearms for the safety of others, but to take responsibility for our own safety. The attractive ads on TV showing villains kicking in a door, setting off an alarm and running for the hills is reassuring, but misleading. 

The violent in our society know well that the phone call from an alarm company assuring that "police are on the way", won't be answered if they continue their assault. They also know that police will not arrive for at least 10 minutes, more than enough time for them to achieve their goals. If there is an alarm.

Time for disclosure. I am a former officer in the U.S. Army and currently an NRA certified firearms instructor. I believe that an individual not only has the right to defend themselves, but the obligation. Had this selectmen had proper training prior to her attack, she would have known how to keep a firearm loaded and accessible… safely. I hope she never would have had to use it, as NRA tells me 90% of attacks where the victim produces a firearm, the attacker immediately flees.

Please take responsibility for yourself.

Steven Cunningham, O.D.
Representative, Sullivan County District  2

Telephone:  603-271-3317


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