Response to Newspaper Editorial


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nero45acp
July 6, 2004, 09:54 AM
I sent the following to the St. Petersburg Times in response to their editorial in today's newspaper criticizing the NRA and a new FL law that forces the police to destroy pawn shop gun purchase records after 60 days:


"In your editorial "NRA-style enforcement" on July 6, you portrayed the new law banning police from keeping gun owner lists and the NRA as obstacles to law enforcement. This is a distortion of the facts. Quite simply, the law prohibits the police from creating and keeping potential gun confiscation lists. Something a number of prominent democrats and gun control advocates have advocated.

Your editorial also claimed that the passage of this law was an attempt to gain campaign contributions from the NRA. In fact the law is designed to protect the rights of millions of law abiding, floridian gun owners from the potential loss of their second amendment rights. And despite your ceaseless attempts to portray the NRA as some radical agent of crime and violence, the NRA is simply doing what it was created to do; protect the rights of millions of LAW ABIDING, gun owning americans.

Will the new law make the police's job more difficult in a few circumstances? Possibly, but our legal system has a number of protections and rights that have made law enforcement's job more challenging for the sake of preserving our liberty. I for one have no desire to surrender these protections and rights in the name of improved police efficency."


I'm curious to see if they'll actually print it, though to their credit, they have printed a number of my letters to the editor taking them to task for their gun-grabber views.

Here is a link to their editorial:

www.sptimes.com/2004/07/06/Opinion/NRA_style_enforcement.shtml


nero

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0007
July 6, 2004, 10:26 AM
Ah, yes, The St.Petersburg Times, one of my long ago employers. When I was there the paper's motto was "The St. Petersburg Times Is Widely Read". Needless to say those of us with a conservative slant dropped the "a" from "Read" to give a more truthful motto... :D

The really good news is that the new Chief of Police [Harmon(?)] seems to be Class III friendly :D :D :D, and that probably has old Nelson Pointer(the original anti-gun owner of the paper) spinning in his grave. :neener:

Treylis
July 6, 2004, 04:21 PM
Ah, yes, The St.Petersburg Times, one of my long ago employers. When I was there the paper's motto was "The St. Petersburg Times Is Widely Read". Needless to say those of us with a conservative slant dropped the "a" from "Read" to give a more truthful motto...

St. Petersburg, AKA Petrograd, AKA Leningrad. ;-)

spacemanspiff
July 6, 2004, 04:36 PM
They might stop your car for a random road check, ask for identification based on your nationality or possibly race.
i had no idea those hippy liberals were so racist. who woulda thought they had no problem with blacks and arabs being pulled over just for being of a certain race?

Standing Wolf
July 6, 2004, 08:21 PM
Well said!

mrapathy2000
July 6, 2004, 09:15 PM
Will the new law make the police's job more difficult in a few circumstances? Possibly, but our legal system has a number of protections and rights that have made law enforcement's job more challenging for the sake of preserving our liberty. I for one have no desire to surrender these protections and rights in the name of improved police efficency."

that part was great.

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