JIM RAY: Meeting re-ignites glimmer of hope for future
February 24, 2013 3:00 PM

Why am I optimistic about the future of this country? Despite “fundamental changes” happening in our country and the world that our current national leaders vowed to bring about, there is a glimmer of hope.

Not the hope and change promised by those leaders, but the hope that the American way of life as we knew it following World War II can once again be renewed. To be sure, there are many forces coming against our American values and way of life. Here is why I am hopeful.

Tuesday night my wife and I attended a meeting in Elderton, where U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Butler County, spoke about our Second Amendment rights and the pending U.N. Arms Trade Treaty (ATT). Although most are aware of the debate raging around gun control, many likely are not aware of the ATT pending ratification by our government. This action, if ratified, would take U.S. sovereignty of our Second Amendment rights and place it in the hands of the U.N. Tuesday night’s well-attended meeting demonstrated to me the model that our representative democracy was founded on: grass-roots citizens coming together to listen, learn and instruct our representatives.

More of us need to be involved, now more than ever. One person can make a difference, especially when they join their voices with friends and neighbors. Please visit www.attpeti tion.com to sign Mike Kelly’s petition to stop the U.N. ATT.

Jim Ray

Penn Run

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