Bob Herbert’s caution about the violent right wing nuts and the availability of weapons scares the hell out of me. As a teen I learned how to shoot straight and on one summer job how easy it is to blow things up.

When I did an exchange year at a British public school, I saw how different things were there. Guns were not available — I turned out to be the best shot when we were tested for military training as I had grown up with guns. And I am sure that bomb stuff was not readily available. People were trained to be good soldiers — not good shots at any moving thing — human or otherwise.

Needless to say the real harm here, apart from the annual 30,000 U.S. murders and suicides that the N.R.A. accommodates, is the hazard to Obama and other critically needed leaders and others who protect us.


A Threat We Can’t Ignore
Don’t count out the connection between the right-wing
hate-mongers and the gun crazies who believe a well-aimed
bullet is the ticket to all their dreams.
“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
Ed Kent 212-665-8535 (voice mail only) [blind copies]

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