Wednesday February 13, 2013

The arguments posed by gun rights advocates are on display in the February 11 letter written by Robert Ziaja ("A weapon is defined by intent"). Mr. Ziaja writes ". . . a gun is a firearm, unless used to assault another person, in which case it can then be called an assault weapon." Aside from killing animals, the only purpose of a firearm is to kill people; lots of people; quickly and easily and at a distance. All guns are assault weapons.

Mr. Ziaja continues: "The same applies to knives, hammers, bats, golf clubs, etc. Any of these items can be used for good or bad . . . " Let’s see . . . would I want someone entering a classroom with a golf club or a semi-automatic weapon? Can I get back to you on that?

Mr. Ziaja is also typical in blaming the madness of assaulting people ". . . on a person’s mental stability." So how would you classify George Zimmerman? Gun advocates think he’s a pretty righteous guy. He was emboldened by having carried a gun, and what would have been limited to an exchange of heated words, and posturing, and an eventual standing down (if a gun had not been present) turned instead into murder. States that allow concealed weapons experience an unusually higher number of similar incidents, where the presence of a gun allows arguments to reach deadly conclusions. No, this isn’t just about "mental stability." It’s about living in a gun culture.

I have a great idea.


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Let’s kill two birds with one stone (and, yes, I understand that stones don’t kill birds; people do). President Obama wants to renew his efforts to control the number of nuclear warheads and the spread of weapons-grade plutonium. (There goes "Big Government" again. ) I say don’t bother. It’s not about weapons-grade plutonium Mr. President. Let it get into the hands of anyone who wants it. Dirty bombs don’t kill people; people do. The only solution to bad people having weapons-grade plutonium is for good people to have weapons-grade plutonium.

Or so gun advocates would like us to believe. JEFFREY REEL

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