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March 9, 2013

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


“Mr. Pollak,

“My apologies for calling you a liar, I had bad information. …”

Nice guy. Passionate, worried about the effect any legislation might have on the gun display cabinet business he had been in “all my life. (Dad started it in 1954.)”

We could probably be friends, not unlike the friendship I value with Daily Star conservative columnist Chuck Pinkey, who happily took me to task in his most recent column.

Sadly, I received several emails from people who almost seem to be itching to shoot anyone sent by the government to take their guns.

“… I can tell you this,” one of them wrote me, “IF, they try to take them in any manner, we will be ready. Write that.”

OK, I wrote that. Kinda scary.

But then again, there’s really nothing to worry about. Scary, irrational, fear-driven fantasies never do come true.

Sam Pollak is the editor of The Daily Star. He can be reached at or at (607) 432-1000, ext. 208. His columns can be found at




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