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SPEAKOUT flags YOUR FORUM TO PONTIFICATE, PONDER AND PROBE Ialsoflytheflag.Since9/11,I’vehadflagsonmyfencepostsalongtheroad,whereIlivedinSierra vista,Ariz.ButnowIhavebeeninspiredtoputupaflagpolehereinyuma.Iposteduptheletterfrom yourfather(Insider,“FlagFlyers,”July/Aug2011)alongwithConner’s“WhyWeCarryGuns.”you needtoputthatyourdadisonthepermanentpostsectiononyourwebsite. Thankyourfatherforhisservice. Ben USN,Ret. yuma,Ariz. More Flags afternoon. These things often have a Please feel free to tack your dad’s particular assigned significance, but message to the foreheads of anyone criticism of an individual’s presentauncouth enough to correct your father’s tion of his personally owned Stars and style of flag flying. I once was in Stripes is upside down and backwards. charge of raising the flag over a state A lot of folks all along the political rest area, and enjoyed doing it properly, spectrum just don’t value freedom (at observing such conventions as flying least the other guy’s freedom). For it at half-staff until noon on Memopeople PACT_postxmas_09_fixed.pdf 12/16/08 those 9:04:18 AM on the right who periodirial Day, then raised it fully for the cally bring up a “flag burning” amend- ment as the only way to protect Old Glory, I would suggest harkening back to English Common Law. There was a legal doctrine allowing people to deal with gross insults to cherished symbols (flags, for instance). It’s entitled “Fighting Words.” When someone says or does something outrageous, (such as burning the flag in an insulting manner), a physical response, (considered and 8 WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER2011