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May 2, 2013
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Letter: Disarming the law-abiding doesn't reduce crime

Don’t be misled on gun control

A March 17 letter writer’s castigation of Jeff Kruse over his statements about gun control and Nazi Germany was very misleading. Attorney Stephen P. Halbrook, Ph.D., J.D., concludes a well-researched article that was presented as a counterpoint to revisionist history by writing, “... If the slogan ‘Never Again!’ is to be taken seriously, then no single aspect of the Holocaust can be relegated to the Orwellian Memory Hole for denial — including Nazism’s brutal repression of the right of the people to keep and bear arms in order to dominate the populace at large and to eradicate disfavored members and groups.” — Nazism, the Second Amendment, & the NRA

The Nazis disarmed all occupied countries and all German citizens who did not comply with and support the regime, and there is plenty of legitimate scholarship to prove it. But the Public Forum letter writer’s diatribe might leave you wondering if Hitler was tolerant of civilian gun ownership.

Saying that Kruse equates anybody with Hitler is frivolous and ridiculous. Any fair reading of history or just a common sense view of mortal reality makes our government’s current obsession with the disarmament of the law-abiding alarming to say the least.

The “Oregonians concerned with gun violence” that the Forum writer referred to recently offered up House Bill 3200 in Salem. This was so outrageous that it was was taken off the table, for the time being at least. So am I an Oregonian unconcerned with gun violence?

Disarmament of the law-abiding has nothing whatsoever to do with reducing crime or reducing gun violence. If that were so, Chicago would be something other than the urban liberal hellhole that it is today.

Michael D. Heath

Myrtle Creek

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