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Planned regulations punish law-abiding gun owners

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Bill Clinton got caught with his pants down. Now he and Al Gore and their friends in the Senate are risking having the U. S. caught with its defenses down.

All through this last administration, Clinton has caused some of our Army bases to close. Our soldiers have been sent to foreign lands to "keep peace," while at home their families are on food stamps and divorce is occurring more often in the armed forces. Their morale is at a low point never before seen.

The few Sky Hawks the attack helicopters are sitting somewhere, uncared for and unused. We no longer own the Panama Canal, but the Japanese and Chinese are buying ports there. Air Force pilots are finding commercial jobs instead of remaining in the service of their country.

Now Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the NRA, in an article in the "American Rifleman," notes that "Al Gore's concepts of registration and licensing have already been defined in detail by his close cohorts in the U.S. Senate, Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) in their harshly anti-civil rights S.2525."

He goes on to say that "S.2525 would criminalize all unregulated private firearms sales between ordinary Americans." Meanwhile, the criminals could buy guns on the black market or steal them, and then claim the Fifth Amendment when asked if they had unregistered guns, and get away with it.

"To get a license," LaPierre says, "honest Americans would be photographed, fingerprinted and required to pass a written federal exam on such subjects 'as the secretary (of treasury) determines to be appropriate.'

"The legislation, written with the assistance of the Clinton-Gore Justice Department, would create an expandable class of guns called 'qualifying firearms' which includes all handguns, and most self-loading rifles and shotguns. Possession of these 'qualifying firearms' by peaceable Americans without obtaining a five-year license would be a federal felony punishable by stiff fines and up to a three-year prison term per gun."

Just so you know, the only time I used a gun was at a carnival, when I shot down all the little ducks and won a plush animal. But all during my married life there were guns in our house. My late husband was a reserve officer, and a member of the NRA. He took his right to bear arms seriously. Not one of our four children ever touched the little shotgun, which, when we lived out in the desert near Tucson, stood just inside our front door in case a rattlesnake or rabid coyote threatened the family or our dog. When our two boys were older and expressed desires to learn about guns, they learned from my husband, who, when he was in World War II, learned to take a submachine gun apart and put it back together again.

We need to educate our young people about guns their dangers and proper uses. Forbidding them to own a gun or shoot one only whets their curiosity, and they will sneak a gun out of the closet to try it out, sometimes with tragic results.

We don't need to have the government come into our homes and punish us for owning guns to protect ourselves. Instead, go after the criminals who rob, rape and kill by using guns.

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