To the editor of THE EAGLE:

I'd like to comment on two recent Eagle articles. First, a May 16 article, "Man guilty of owning an arsenal." Four guns and 400 rounds of ammunition is hardly an arsenal. Most moderate-enthusiast gun owners own at least one rifle, one shotgun, one revolver and one pistol. Each gun has a different action and use.

As for ammunition, dedicated target practice eats up a lot more than 400 rounds of ammo, and when there is a good deal on ammo why wouldn't you stock up? Any sportsman can easily drop 400 rounds at a practice session. Part of responsible gun ownership is practicing to gain proficiency with a particular weapon; this translates into a lot of spent ammo.

My second comment concerns the May 18 op-ed column, "Leave God out of it." I know it pains unbelievers when I say that our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian principles, but if you study outside of your prejudice, you'll understand why there is a statue of Moses at the Supreme Court, why the Constitution mentions a creator, why presidents are sworn in using the Bible, why our Founders made the First Amendment about religion. Why do millions of abortions take place? Immorality. Why is government getting bigger and bigger and our rights are getting smaller and smaller? Immorality.

Just following the golden rule would eliminate thousands of laws: "Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.


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" Matthew 7:12. But when right and wrong become subjective, self-governance is useless and laws must increase to make up for sagging morals.

John Adams stated, "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." Our nation is off its foundation and venturing into unknown territory. Removing the fixed standard of the Bible means our nation is doomed. In my opinion, 9/11 was a warning from God. What comes next?

JEFF BRANCA

Pittsfield