letter was published in The
Berkshire Eagle in response to Alan Chartock's column
It is reproduced here without permission.)
Using gun issue for political gain
To The Editor of THE BERKSHIRE EAGLE:-
Shame on you Alan Chartock, for opening a recent
column with "guns are an American curse." Maybe you should consider that
the right you have to spew such drivel was won when our forefathers who
used the pen to declare freedom were backed by men who used guns to defend
And shame on you Alan Chartock for using the gun issue for political
gain. There is no one in any party who would oppose a law if it would have
stopped any one of those firearm-related tragedies you mentioned. But who
of clear mind, after having reviewed the facts of each tragedy, believes
another law would have stopped any of
these. Alas, Alan they would have not.
And shame on you Alan Chartock for joining the media bashing of the
NRA. The dollars you speak of that the NRA uses to defend our freedom come
freely from law-abiding, educated, and freedom- loving Americans, the very
Americans who feel unafraid to stand up to freedom when the pen fails.
I wonder how you feel about the money that came illegally form the Chinese
to the Democratic White House. I don't hear you criticizing that. Gee,
let's see, if I had to choose between the NRA, 3 million Americans strong,
who are protecting our freedom, or the red Chinese who support our current
administration, and represent a threat to our freedom, tough choice isn't
If the media would report the whole story instead of simply trying to
make headlines, America might discover that the NRA's gun safety programs
which were started over 40 years ago have done more than any recently passed
laws, and far more than this administration to promote safe and responsible
Shame on you Alan Chartock for glamorizing Andrew Cuomo's brow-beating
of Smith & Wesson. Cuomo's actions represent what is most wrong
with the legal system in this country, and what is wrong with the government
of this country.
When Andrew Cuomo and his band of lawyers at the head of HUD can bring
a company that makes a legal product to its knees by threatening it with
endless litigation, Americans should worry.
When the Justice Department fails to prosecute criminals and lets them
remain free to commit crimes again, and then uses the repeat crime as an
excuse to pass laws which take freedoms away from law abiding citizens,
Americans should worry.
When the head of a public radio station uses his position to misrepresent
the truth, Americans should worry.
When a professor at an institution of higher learning displays either
a complete misunderstanding of the facts or callously disregards them for
political gain, Americans should worry.
But while Americans still hold the right to choose their leaders, they
should exercise that right. Clearly we can do better than the ethically
bankrupt, politically driven and misguided administration we currently
have in the White House.
Guns are not the curse of America. We are cursed however, with a president
administration we cannot respect, and one who we cannot trust to tell
PAUL D. PHELPS
New Ashford, April 6, 2000
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