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Gun rights vs. local laws

July 25, 2009
NewsDay
7/24/2009

Asking the Brady campaign for facts about legal gun ownership is like asking the Communist Party about the merits of owning stock, and both their agendas are un-American [“Sneaky Senate gun law,” Editorial, July 21].

Illegal trafficking in guns is already a crime in all 50 states and under federal law. The Senate shouldn’t have punished the overwhelming number of law-abiding gun owners for the crimes of a tiny minority.

Whether Newsday likes it or not, Americans have the right to arm themselves. Just because we live in a state that abrogates that right for all but the elite does not mean gun ownership is bad or wrong. As an entity whose very existence depends on the 1st Amendment, one wonders what Newsday has against the Second Amendment.

Jon Deitch
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