It didn't surprise me that the backlash from the Jan. 25 editorial on guns began immediately after it was posted. All Americans are entitled to their view, but the editorial writer should be expected to maintain some level of factual integrity.
Fact is that there are much larger percentages of armed Americans living in rural settings, where violence is low, and that there are far fewer armed Americans living in urban settings where violence can be extreme.
We are subjected weekly to a story or two about home invasion carried out by some thug from away, some probably illegal substance turning another miscreant violent, or pharmacy robberies on the rise. That is the world we live in now.
Would the editorial writer mock those who choose to prepare for an encounter with such people?
Firearms are a discovered technology. How are people supposed to dispose of that knowledge? Do we burn books? Do we label those who refuse to turn over their assault rifles as dissidents? Then detention?
The editorial writer doesn't want people to worry about that because nobody is coming after their hunting rifles. The NRA might think this is about disarmament but not the editorial writer ... it is a lie and the right to keep arms shall not be infringed.
We can believe it because we read it in the Sun Journal. Just like we read how Jim Beam wouldn't close White Rock less than a year ago.
Mark Ferguson, Poland Spring