To the editor of THE EAGLE:

Although I haven't carried, aimed or discharged a "weapon" since serving in the military some 55 years ago, (the term, "gun" was not permitted by drill sergeants and, if used, an appropriate, unmentionable pun-
ishment was administered), I respect the point made in Jeff Branca's May 31 letter "No denying God, or right to wea-
pons," that a legitimate (emphasis on "legitimate") collector could easily fire 400 rounds during a typical practice session.

However, Mr. Branca is more than pushing the envelope when he attributes the tragedy of
9/11 to a vengeful god who is angered by our country's tradition of separation of church and state. Indeed, his theory is more than just blasphemous -- it attributes a base nature to a concept of a supreme being who, regardless of who or what you call Him or Her, has nothing to do with us except to possibly set standards for ethical behavior.

Robert Burns got it exactly right when he wrote more than 200 years ago: "Man's inhumanity to man."

MICHAEL SYMONS

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