Second Amendment Just As Important As Four Freedoms

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Editor:

I was very impressed with your article "Freedom of Press Gives Us All a Voice" on the Opinion Page Feb. 7, 2003.

You say that Saddam Hussein does not believe in the four basic Freedoms Americans enjoy, and have "fought" to protect - Freedom of the Press, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Assembly, and Freedom of Religion.

Then on Page 5A, you have a picture of four cub scouts in front of the American flag with the caption "The Four Freedoms"; and, they are performing their own rendition of Yankee Doodle in keeping with the patriotic theme of the event. The scouts also learned about the Four Freedoms Americans have "fought" to preserve: Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press, Freedom to Assemble, Freedom of Religion.

My question to you is -- why are these Four Freedoms mentioned, and not the Second Amendment, which makes all of the Freedoms possible, which says, "We the people have the right to keep and bear arms." Without the Second Amendment, we could very well be governed by a man like Saddam Hussein. So, let's teach all the children all the Freedoms we have, and not just the ones that sound politically correct.

Weapons and typewriters are both tools. They can be used for good, and they can be used to poison the mind. So, let's teach it all - the good will be good, and the bad will be bad.

Otis Wells, Payson

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