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Vail Daily letter: Typical of lefties

Terry Quinn
Vail, CO, Colorado

David LeVine takes on the National Rifle Association and gun ownership. As is typical for lefties, he is wrong and mean-spirited, accusing the NRA of peddling machoism, guns and memberships.

He misrepresents the purpose of the NRA, as though it was meant only for hunting and sport shooting.

The truth is it was formed in the late 1800s by former Union officers who were disappointed at the marksmanship skills of the troops. They wanted a higher degree of proficiency in the population from which the military would draw its personnel.

Since then the NRA has expanded its scope to handguns, firearms safety, law enforcement training and legal threats to people’s right to keep and bear arms, threats from those of LeVine’s mentality. For more about the NRA, visit their website.

LeVine ridicules the need for citizens to have firearms. He says that the days of the Wild West are over “and our law enforcement folks are totally capable.” I believe even most law enforcement “folks” would agree that they can’t always be there when danger presents itself.

A recent example happened earlier this month, in New York City. Charles Augusto is the 72-year-old proprietor of a store that was held up by four armed thugs. They were beating up on one of the employees, so Augusto opened up with a shotgun, killing two and injuring the others. The New York Times has done several stories about this and similar incidents. Visit their Web site or those of other New York newspapers and search for Charles Augusto.

What is relevant to LeVine’s statement about law enforcement “folks” is that Augusto’s store was around the block from the police precinct headquarters.

People like LeVine quibble about the scope of the federal Constitution’s Second Amendment, whether it means law-abiding citizens should be able to have firearms.

Colorado’s constitution is clear: “The right of no person to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person or property, or in aid of the civil power there thereto legally summoned, shall be called into question; but nothing herein contained shall be construed to justify the practice of carrying concealed weapons.” Article 2, Section 13.

Terry Quinn


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