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Uncle Bob: I’m a gun fan, but …

Uncle Bob (RE: Gun radicals targeted Edinger in March): I'm a gun "fan" in much the same way as I'm a Rolling Stones "fan"; I enjoy both, to a point. My entire life and belief system doesn't revolve around either, thankfully. This outfit is comprised of gun fetishists/fanatics. To these guys, everything revolves around guns, and even though they allude to other things in this Toby homage as possibly being issues worthy of acknowleging, they never mention what those other issues might be. They won't be happy until they can lug all their firepower with them everywhere they ever go anywhere on the planet w/o restriction. I'm only surprised that they haven't yet declared themselves to be a "religion": The First Church of Smith & Wesson Of Remington Day Uzi-ites", perhaps? If nothing else, becoming an actual religion would give them tax exempt status and mainstream legitimacy like another new Idaho religion, the Idaho Freedom Foundation.

DFO: Uncle Bob has nailed something here. With the radicals, it isn't enough to own guns and enjoy using them. It's an all or nothing. If you don't dot every I and cross every T when it comes to the right to bear arms, as they interpret it, you're anti-gun. I suspect Councilman Ron Edinger is pro-gun. I haven't heard otherwise in my 31 years of covering him in Coeur d'Alene. However, he now has a group who advocates the permitless carry of concealed weapons attacking him from southern Idaho. I don't think that's fair. Do you?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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