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SATURDAY, MAY 11, 2013

Gun view distorted

In response to Vincent Morelli’s April 28 letter, to wit, his statement saying, “The popular liberal opinion on gun laws states that we should take away everyone’s guns, and that if no one has a gun then nothing bad will happen.” Really? And where did he derive that view as being the “popular liberal opinion”?

I detest people making blatantly outrageous statements to support their causes. I am a liberal, and it is not the liberal position to “take away everyone’s guns.” Most liberals, and many conservatives (note opinion quoted in James Ramsey’s letter on the same page as Morelli’s from conservative U.S. District Court Judge Larry Alan Burns) feel that background checks do not infringe on anyone’s right to bear arms, and that only assault weapons and high-capacity magazines should be banned.

Burns’ statement bears repeating: “There is no reason civilians need to own assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. Gun enthusiasts can still have their venison, shoot for sport and make a home invader flee for his life without pretending they are part of the SEAL team that took out Osama bin Laden.”

To the Morellis of the world, don’t mischaracterize another group’s views to support your own.

Lou Baldwin

Sandpoint



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