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Letters to the editor, February 8

Spine chilling

When I read or hear, “gun control,” a chill runs up my spine [DRC, Dec. 28]. But no more than hearing — “soda-pop control,” “religious expression control,” “health care control,” “opposition control,” “speech control,” “control of assembly,” “political philosophy control” — or any erosion of individual rights and/or freedoms.

Who stands to gain? Weren’t we warned as far back as 16 years before the first shot was fired at Concord?

“Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Benjamin Franklin, 1759

“It would be instructive at this time to recall why the American citizenry and Congress have historically opposed the registration of firearms. The reason is plain. Registration makes it easy for a tyrannical government to confiscate firearms and to make prey of its subjects. Denying this historical fact is no more justified than denying that the Holocaust occurred or that the Nazis murdered millions of unarmed people.” — Stephen P. Halbrook.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vehemently denies the Holocaust and publically states that Jews should be “wiped-out,” while this government’s support of Israel is seemingly lacking.

“Switzerland was the only country in Europe, indeed in the world, where every man had a military rifle in his home. Nazi invasion plans acknowledged the dissuasive nature of this armed populace. ...” —Sarpedon Publishers, 1998

And the Germans didn’t mess with the Swiss in the 1930s and 1940s — like they did France, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Denmark, Greece, Norway, Belgium, Holland and at least 11 others.

Larry Jambor,