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Gun owners do not admire Hitler, Nazis


After reading one of Jerry Moore’s columns on gun control, I was surprised that a professional journalist could write about the subject and not realize that the Supreme Court in 2008, and again in 2010, ruled that the Second Amendment does indeed guarantee private citizens the right to keep and bear arms irrespective of service in the military or militia.

After reading another one of Mr. Moore’s anti-gun columns, my primary feeling was one of revulsion. As a small boy in the mid-1950s, my family lived in Queens.

There I met my first friend, Jim, a Jewish boy. I recall a couple of times when Jim and his sister were brought unexpectedly to stay at our apartment since his parents were going to the docks to meet a ship. Eventually my parents explained that the ships had contained refugees from Europe, and our friends had hoped that members of their family might be among the passengers but unfortunately were not.

When I was much older, I learned that Jim’s father, David, had grown up in Berlin. In 1938, his parents sent him and his brother away to England.

The boys traveled separately and both managed to get through safely. When war broke out, David joined the RAF and fought throughout the conflict. He never saw his parents or sisters again.

During my years in school, I learned a lot about Hitler, the Nazis and the Holocaust. I have always remembered our Jewish friends.

Although they moved to California in 1958, Jim and I had managed to stay in touch over the years. I consider David, now dead, to have been a heroic man, a person I will always hold in high esteem.

Despite countless hours of thought, I have never been able to imagine how he was able to deal with the experiences and horrors that he was forced to endure. I have been around law-abiding gun owners most of my life and have never once heard a single one say anything complimentary about Hitler or the Nazis. Any large group, law-abiding gun owners included, is bound to have a few badly flawed members.

Jerry Moore’s portrayal of gun owners in his recent columns is grossly unfair. I am extremely dismayed that an editor of my local paper would express such sentiments.

James D. Aschmann


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