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February 10, 2013

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Ban all guns, and bullets, too

To the editor:

I favor banning all guns, and bullets especially too, since we’ll be low on bullets long before we’ll ever purge our nation of its nearly 300 million guns. I make no fetish of the Second Amendment. I would repeal it, just as we did the 18th Amendment (Prohibition).

However, the column “A lack of logic on guns kills people,” by Reg Henry is nothing but stupidity dressed up in its Sunday-go-to-meeting clothes.

Let’s start with Henry’s false and misleading analogy to cookies, elsewhere in the world, including up in Canada, people own nearly as many guns as we do but don’t kill themselves and each other at our bloodthirsty rate, just as people in most of the rest of the world people are just as free as we are to buy and eat Oreos and Vanilla Fingers but don’t get anywhere near as fat as we do.

The sad fact of the matter is, we Americans have a sickness in our souls that causes us to kill each other and ourselves, and that causes us to invade and occupy far away nations for no good reason.

As for the Second Amendment being intended, in part, to arm us against tyranny, it seems that Henry has forgotten our history or stubbornly chooses to ignore it. Jefferson said that the blood of tyrants and patriots is the tree of liberty’s natural manure, and good old King George III wasn’t a tyrant. Instead, the Founding Generation worked itself into a paranoid tizzy over what George might do in the future with his power, just as I and a majority of Americans worry about our own government. Just because our government is not tyrannical now is no reason to assume that it never will become so, and history sadly teaches that every good thing man makes slowly slides or crashes into the crapper sooner or later.

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