(Guns.com) As a first-generation American, I can say without reservation that I support the right to fly the Confederate flag and feel it deserves to be flown.

The flag itself has gone from being simply controversial in recent months, to being viewed as outright offensive by a growing segment of the population with the resulting backlash triggering its removal from public display.

Worse, with easy victories by advocates seeking the flag’s withdrawal, a wider campaign to divest the nation of its 175 year old Civil War legacy has bloomed to include attacks on monuments to Confederate war dead and even graves of controversial wartime leaders.

The impetus for this? A disturbed youth who latched onto a banner and used it to fit his warped sense of self, holding it as a perceived icon of his own ideology that justified mass murder of people he had never before met.

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