Vaily Daily letter: Firing back
February 18, 2013
There he goes again. Henry Bornstein reacted to the numerous criticisms leveled at his Jan. 3 letter eschewing self-protection. He says it just won’t work. I guess a lot of money could be saved by laying off the armed guards who protect politicians, banks, entertainers and other well-heeled targets.
He harps on the cost of employing uniformed armed guards, while ignoring the alternative of training and equipping teachers and similar personnel who will be there anyhow. They are already trained to deal with other emergencies, like fire and health problems, to hold the line until professionals arrive.
He denied that he said anything about gun control: “I did not mention a single word about gun control nor anything related to gun control ….” But in the ninth paragraph of his Jan. 3 letter, he spoke with admiration about Japan as “the developed world’s least firearm-filled nation and perhaps its strictest controller.” He concluded with “Japan’s common sense policy of gun control should become the model for the U.S.”
Bornstein ends his latest essay by asking why in the world there are so many guns – and gun owners – in the USA. Maybe they see something Bornstein doesn’t perceive – a threat to personal safety that is not covered adequately by public and private security forces. When seconds count, the police are only minutes away.
Something else about this guy. Remember after the Tucson shooting, when Rep. Gabby Giffords and others were attacked? The left tried to pin it on Sarah Palin and rightwing talk radio with the climate of acrimony they create. The anointed called for more civility in public discourse. The left quickly abandoned that notion, even though it was a good idea.
Note the tone of Bornstein’s prose: “gun nuts,” “lunacy,” “absurd, senseless and useless,” “anyone in their right mind,” “obvious to anyone but a fool,” “irrelevant and totally worthless.” Surely there is a more civil way to get your point across. Remember that character in Seinfeld, the Soup Nazi? “No soup for you!”