Guns don't kill people, reading lists do...

Letter Published in The Bellingham Herald, local paper in Bellingham, WA.

Dear Sir/madam,

I am writing to congratulate President Bush on allowing the return to our streets of assault weapons. In the war against terrorism there are some rights and privileges which unfortunately must fall by the wayside. The right to privacy has been abandoned in the form of the FBI access to our library reading lists; the right to trial has been discarded in Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and even at home and the right to protest has been dismissed as witnessed in the New York arrest of almost two thousand peaceful demonstrators during the Republican convention.

These losses are regrettable but unavoidable as far as I am concerned. But there are other rights which are inalienable and the right to strut about with an Uzi or AK47 is surely one of these.

And really, it’s not as if the availability of such weapons could help in any way during a terrorist attack.

Not like my library list.


Phil Rose