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Taking firearmsI finally got to see the movie “Hotel Rwanda.” It’s available locally at libraries and movie rental outlets. It tells the story of a hotel manager in Rwanda during the time of genocide in 1994. About a million died. He saved hundreds of lives the way Schindler did with his list. There, the conflict was between two ethnic groups, the Hutus and the Tutsis. They couldn’t be told apart unless you checked their ID papers. Like Protestants and Catholics in Northern Ireland, or Sunnis and Shiites in Iraq. But at times like those, what differences there are provide sufficient grounds for mayhem. The Rwandan military and police were corrupt and ineffectual, if not downright complicit. The U.N. had a peacekeeping force there, but it was small and prevented from doing much by orders from HQ in New York. A lot of the killing was done by factional “militias” wielding guns and machetes.One of the reactions I had was – why didn’t these victims fight back? It was like “The Killing Fields,” about the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia. Or the Jews in the Holocaust. Most victims just went along passively with the program for their destruction. This brings up two pending issues. One is a bill in Congress to prohibit governments from taking firearms from law-abiding citizens during times of disorder. It is a reaction to what happened in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Police just went around asking people if they had guns, and seized them from those foolish enough to tell the truth. We’re from the government, and we’re here to help you. It turned out the police did not protect those disarmed people from the criminal elements who were out and about at the time, and who did not give up their weapons. I don’t know what the Louisiana Constitution says about this, but Colorado’s says: The right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person and property, or in aid of the civil power when thereto legally summoned, shall be called into question …Of course, if there is some calamity, and there are a bunch of armed police at your door demanding your firearms, there’s no time to call your lawyer and get a restraining order from court. One wonders what our law enforcement people would do under such circumstances. The other pending issue is a movement in the U.N. to limit possession of firearms by non-government personnel. There was a lot of controversy about this, and the U.S. was able to defuse it for now. The NRA was active in opposing the measure; you can get details from its Web site at http://www.NRAILA.org. This is the same U.N. that proved so ineffective at preventing genocide in Cambodia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Somalia, former Yugoslavia, etc. The latest example is Sudan, where government forces, plus militias, are still committing atrocities against unarmed people. Terry QuinnEagleNot to VailI would like to think there are more newsworthy issues and events in the greater Vail Valley than the Crossroads proposal-vote. You had might as well change the name of this paper to “The Crossroads Daily.” The articles, in my opinion, are no more than repetitive advertisements. Some of us live outside of the Vail Village and would appreciate a diversity of topics covered in our local paper. Justin Gill AvonThanks!The Eagle County Senior Citizens would like to thank everyone that baked or bought baked goods from our Flight Days Bake Off. A special thank you to those that baked the items for the auction: Alpenrose Bakery, Mountain Flour, Columbine Grocery and Shirley White. Those that bought the auctioned baked goods: Weimer Heating and Sheet Metal, Mike Bair and Jan Fredirizzi. An extra special thank you to Sheriff Joe Hoy for providing the prize money. The money raised goes into our travel fund for our next out-of-state trip. We truly appreciate your support.The Eagle County Seniors

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