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June 21, 2013 at 6:00 AM

U.S. supplying Syrian rebels with arms

Sending arms while advocating gun control is hypocritical

Recent news reports tell us that the Obama administration’s response to the Syrian government’s use of nerve gas on its population is to supply the rebels with small arms. [“Military aid to rebels in Syria pulls U.S. deeper into conflict,” News, June 16.]

To my understanding, the term “small arms” generally relates to fully automatic, no-kidding assault weapons (e.g., machine guns).

My confusion arises from listening to the constant drum beat of the anti-gun lobby and our political left that the Second Amendment (and the American population’s ownership of small arms) can in no way be used to throw off the yoke of tyranny. Now we see the Obama administration is acknowledging that the most logical choice in aiding this oppressed people is the use of small arms.

Not only will they be receiving top-of-the-line, fully automatic assault weapons and ammunition, but there will be no registration or background checks required prior to their distribution.

Will these weapons eventually be turned on Americans? Pray tell, why can they defend themselves but we can’t?

Konrad Lau, Sedro-Woolley

Comments | Topics: arms, military, syria

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