• An American scourge
    January 24,2013
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    The assault weapon “patriot” on the front page of Sunday’s paper wraps himself with an American flag to show how American he is. Beneath his flag-draped photo is the article headline: “What I don’t want are my rights, as someone who has done nothing wrong, taken away to satisfy people who are scared.”

    I would suggest that the body of each victim of the next assault weapon massacre be wrapped in an American flag. In addition, on each flag-draped coffin a sign shall be affixed that says, “What I didn’t want were my rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as a 6-year-old child who has done nothing wrong, taken away to satisfy people who are gun-crazy.”

    Gun ownership has always been an American right; assault weapon ownership with no controls is an American scourge. My deer rifle, by the way, is a Winchester Model 94; it is the only weapon I own.

    PHIL STEPHAN

    Clarendon
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