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March 31, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Nursing-home shooting

Questioning the Second Amendment

I am grief-stricken for the people killed in the Carthage, N.C., nursing home [“8 killed in North Carolina nursing-home shooting,” Nation & World, March 30] and for their surviving family members.

However, the National Rifle Association must feel proud of itself again. One of its advocates has found new targets aside from attacking defenseless schoolchildren to demonstrate their Second Amendment rights. I guess bedridden seniors are even easier prey.

The NRA is constantly telling us that crime would be reduced if more citizens armed themselves for protection against those “other” people with guns. They maintain that their members are all law-abiding citizens.

Grandmothers in wheelchairs should learn to pack a handgun in their knitting bags to defend themselves … it is the American thing to do.

One never knows when one of NRA’s law-abiding heroes of yesterday will become today’s mass murderers. They are too “intellectually challenged” to ever admit that ready availability of guns has any bearing on crimes committed with guns. We have more than all the rest of the Western world combined. Of course, those unfortunate Europeans do not have American Second Amendment rights to protect them. Vive l’Amerique!

— James A. Young, Seattle

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