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  • LETTER AT LENGTH

    Letter at Length

  • E.J. Dionne column was anti-gun trash
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  • E.J. Dionne column was anti-gun trash
    "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." — Eleanor Roosevelt
    The Tidings must really be hard up to run distorted, deragotory anti-gun trash such as E.J. Dionne's Monday, April 28, column, "The gun supremacist's folly," attacking the National Rifle Association.
    Sure, I could react with aggressive harshness, go into a tirade, and lose it — which is not only counter-productive but turns readers off.
    The Bible states: "Be ye angry and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath." — Ephesians 4:26 (King James Version)
    No. It's better to rebut this with historical research, reason and sensible response.
    First the title, "The gun supremacist's folly," insinuates American gun owners collectively are racist, if not anti-Semitic, hatemongers. However, consider "Black Leaders Defend the NRA" and "God, Guns, and the Constitution." Posted for March 4, 2014, by Paolo Mangier, it depicts a group of black civil rights leaders extolling the NRA and its formation in 1871. The early NRA enabled former black slaves the means to arm, defend and protect themselves from the Ku Klux Klan and other "night riders." An online video is available for public viewing.
    Also, "No Guns For Negroes," courtesy of JPFO Inc. "America's Aggressive Civil Rights Organization" at www.jpfo.org depicts the racist orgins of gun control in America. It, too, can be viewed online.
    Too, my own two past commentaries archived in the Ashland Daily Tidings include: "Anti-gun agenda is class warfare," Jan. 9, 2009, and "The War on America's gun owners," Aug. 3, 2009, respectively. Oh yes, speaking of Eleanor Roosevelt, who herself was a prominent civil rights leader, organizer and icon of the Democratic Party, I allude to the National Review posted online for Jan. 24, 2002, titled "Her Own Bodyguard: Gun-packing First Lady," by Dave Kopel, Paul Gallant and Joanne Eisen of the Independence Institute. This is an inspiring read. I urge readers of the Tidings to read it for themselves and draw their own conclusions.
    Meanwhile, rich, anti-gun, socialist politicians and celebrities remain hell-bent on abolishing the Second Amendment, private gun ownership and America's firearms heritage. Diane Feinstein, Michael Bloomberg, Mario Cuomo, Chuck Schumer, Bill Gates, Hillary Clinton, Rosie O'Donnell and George Soros are among the elitist wannabe ruling class who are spearheading civil disarmament.
    Finally, even people who don't agree with everything the NRA stands for, including myself, still appreciate the NRA's stand in defending private gun ownership, our Second Amendment, and freedom in general.
    James Farmer
    Ashland
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