Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor


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WMD and firearms: A faulty connection?

Regarding the Nov. 21 Opinion piece "What if Bush were as eager to control guns as WMD?": I am appalled at the connection between the Beltway sniper, Iraq, and gun control. US laws and the Bill of Rights allow for the right to a free press and the right to bear arms. Over the course of the past 50 years, we as a nation have placed more than 1,000 laws on the books restricting guns and regulating the firearm industry.

As a policeman, I understand that if we enforce even a fraction of those laws, gun violence in this nation would decrease. Why has firearm violence gone up in the past quarter century? Look at the criminal-justice system. I support reasonable laws and restrictions, but I do not want firearms outlawed to placate a vocal minority.J. Owen Albuquerque, N.M.

Regarding "What if Bush were as eager to control guns as WMD?": Any US citizen suspected of constructing nuclear bombs or manufacturing nerve gas quickly discovers the Second Amendment doesn't protect such behavior. Conversely, the US doesn't propose that Iraq's Army give up its machine guns.J.D. Hunter Hilliard, Fla.

In response to "What if Bush were as eager to control guns as WMD?": As a conscientious teenager and citizen of South Korea, I agree that the US should pay more attention to its own domestic policies and problems before it meddles in the affairs of others. Although President Bush's idea of preemptive action is necessary and appropriate for global security, especially now with Iraq, the US seems to be crossing a line.

In Korea, US military troops are stationed in several different cities in case of an attack from North Korea. But these soldiers are merely troublemakers and are associated with murders, aggravated assaults, and rapes.

It is questionable whether those soldiers are protecting their allies or to simply taking advantage of one of their "colonies." There is no doubt that the US seeks global hegemony.Ji Youn Jane Jeong Guangzhou, China

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