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More Anti-gun-rights Lies in the Post

From: "Angel Shamaya" <>
Date sent: Tue, 31 Jul 2001 13:40:34 -0700
Subject: More Anti-gun-rights Lies in the Post
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To: Washington Post Editor

RE: My Party And Guns by Joe Lockhart, as printed in your Tuesday, July 31, 2001; Page A23

More Anti-gun-rights Lies

Joe Lockhart's editorial ("My Party And Guns", July 31, 2001; Page A23) makes a few statements as opinions with which I disagree, but that is why we have a free press; let him think and promote whatever he believes to be right. However, there are a few things the former Gore fan said and insinuated that are blatant lies -- and the Post’s willingness to print such fairy tales is beyond reprehensible.

Mr. Lockhart fabricated, "From the NRA's perspective, the only good gun law is a repealed gun law," yet the NRA loudly and consistently calls for "zero tolerance enforcement" of the gun laws on the books -- much to the dismay of millions of gun owners, but in keeping with their understanding that there is little sense in passing new laws when current laws are violated without so much as a wrist slap. The embarrassing handful of prosecutions for felons who attempted to purchase weapons and were caught by background checks is but one example among many of a hypocritical system -- checks, but no balances.

Lockhart would also have you believe that gun ownership is not "an absolute right," directly rebuking the Founding Fathers of this great nation. Oddly, he then goes on to tell Democrats to take up a position of "respecting gun owners' rights" while the anti-gun leaders who helped Gore lose his Presidential bid oppose the right of a 90-pound woman to carry a self-defensive firearm to quell a violent sexual predator and thus preserve her dignity.

If the Left would like to "meet in the middle" -- "respecting gun owners' rights" -- when can we look forward to a call from their leaders for a national concealed carry bill so young mothers and our nation's elderly can effectively resist the assaults of hardened thugs? Or isn't the right to refuse to be raped, beaten and murdered -- self- defense/self-preservation -- worthy of consideration?

Lockhart's suggestion that "the McCain-Lieberman bill" is designed to "protect gun rights" is absurd. The bill calls for, among other things, property searches where no probable cause has been established -- a clear violation of the fourth amendment. If the Left's support of such gross infringements on basic constitutional rights is to be seen as "respectful" by America's lawful, decent gun owners, let's call for a federal law that permits government agents armed with fully automatic weapons can come raid your home or business any time they please and see how "respected" you feel, Mr. Lockhart.

It's amazing, indeed, that a man who would deny an old lady the ability to avoid getting mugged and beaten in a grocery store parking lot -- with a gun, like her public servants carry -- could have the audacity to say "the answer is to...fight for gun rights." Where I grew up, we have a name for people like that.

The Post's recent journalistic endeavor to expose the government thug force in Prince George's County deserves a Pulitzer Prize. Lockhart's lies, and the page upon which they were printed, are unworthy of birdcage lining. Let us hope the Post's readers are more rational, sane, humane and honest than he is.

Angel Shamaya
Founder/Executive Director

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