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March 9, 2013

Column on guns led to a barrage of (mostly) jeers

You know, I’m beginning to suspect that perhaps there was not universal agreement regarding what I authored in this space three weeks ago.

Surprisingly enough, my little bit of prose telling folks not to worry about the government storming into their homes to take away their guns engendered a good deal of intellectual discourse.

“Bleep you. Bleep your mother,” emailed one gentleman, who actually employed a much more colorful word than “Bleep.”

What the fellow might have against my sweet, 91-year-old mom who lives in New Jersey, I don’t know.

My column got picked up by several newspapers around the country, and one reader was thoughtful enough to send it to a right-wing website. In all, responses to the column passed 200 within the first week.

Some were quite nice, actually.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you!” wrote one woman. “Your recent column on how nobody is coming to take anybody’s guns was outstanding. It expressed sentiments I can’t speak out about as a reasoning person who lives in Texas. Again — thanks for saying it so well.”

And:

“Just finished reading your article on guns in the Joplin Globe. It’s great to finally see truth in media. I just wanted to say I enjoyed reading it and keep up the good work!”

But the kudos were far outpaced by the brickbats.

“You are a idiot,” was all one emailer wrote. I couldn’t resist replying that what he said may well be true, but at least I know to use “an” instead of “a” before the word “idiot.”

This one from Tonawanda, N.Y., was rather typical of those I can quote without having to wash my mouth out with soap.

“Dear Sam, your sarcastic rant really made my blood boil. You are the editor of a newspaper? You don’t know the facts or you are just blinded by your liberal views. The main purpose of all these gun laws is to outlaw all firearms. If you do not know that, you are one of the dumbest reporters going. There I go. I swore that I’d try and keep it nice. But with some people, I just can’t.”

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