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Letters to the Editor

Apology owed

To the Editor:

Yes, Mr. Adam Lewis, you should apologize to Martin Niemoller and to the rest of humanity for equating resistance to the Nazis with resistance to gun regulation (It’s Your Write, Feb. 3).

While Niemoller’s actual words are disputed, the essence (his inaction as the state stripped the humanity of group after group so that when they came for him there was no one left to defend him) is not.

Niemoller was talking about life, death and human dignity. At gunpoint, the Nazis rounded up and shot on the spot or sent to death camps Jews, Communists, socialists, liberals, political dissidents, trade unionists, Gypsies, homosexuals and others. 

By what twisted logic does one dare to equate this crime against humanity with the American people’s legitimate desire to ban assault weapons and large-capacity gun magazines, and to collect and share information on gun violence?

I ask you and the gun cult what Joseph N. Welch at the Army-McCarthy hearings in 1954 asked then-Wisconsin Sen. Joseph McCarthy:  “At long last, have you left no sense of decency?”

To ensure our safety, the gun cult proposes armed guards in schools. What’s next? Day care centers? School buses? Churches? Theaters? Stores? Shopping malls? Offices? Wherever people assemble? How about checkpoints on every street corner? Does this sound like the United States, or some Third World armed camp?

This is madness, and decent people must oppose it.

It’s time to pass gun-control legislation.

Don Metivier


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