- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 9, 2000

His legacy

"New data from the National Center for Health Statistics shows that firearms deaths have fallen to the lowest level since the 1960s. This is wonderful news for public safety, but terrible news for the gun-control lobby especially when coupled with the new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association finding that the Brady Act had no effect in reducing gun crime.

"For years, anti-gun advocates have argued 'more guns, more gun violence.' But now, gun ownership is at a record high, while gun violence falls ever lower. A 1996 Police Foundation study estimated that Americans own 230 million guns… .

"Bill Clinton has been the best president the gun industry ever had. During the anti-gun panics that Mr. Clinton helped incite in 1993-94, and again in 1999, firearms sales skyrocketed, as consumers bought while they could. For some months in 1993-94, manufacturers were running their plants on three shifts a day and still couldn't keep up with demand."

David B. Kopel, writing on "More Guns, Less Gun Violence," Friday in the Wall Street Journal

Unreached Washington

"Our vision statement is a simple, declarative sentence: to make an impact on secular Washington with the message of Jesus Christ… . After we agreed on a vision statement, we said, 'OK, here's Washington. Right? What are the unreached people groups in secular Washington?' We made a list: Gen-Xers, internationals, the urban inner city, children with special needs and their families… .

"The first one we picked was Generation X. Don't ask me why; it certainly wasn't the easiest one. Very few churches were targeting 20-somethings at the time. We didn't know how to talk to them. They didn't fit the paradigm that we were running for 40- and 50-year-olds.

"Here in D.C., we've got hundreds of thousands of young people coming from Yale and Harvard and Ivy League schools. They're working on Capitol Hill, clerking for the Supreme Court, padding their resumes. They're here only three or four years, and then they're off to change the world. We decided to try to reach them for Christ, so when they leave D.C., they change the world for Jesus."

Lon Solomon, pastor of McLean Bible Church, interviewed in the summer issue of Leadership magazine

Huckster mob

"The demonstrators huddled in a tight mass, bodies pressed against each other in solidarity, and a young sympathizer marched around the perimeter holding a flag aloft. It was black. It had a white A in the middle of it. And all I could think was: What the heck does that mean? …

"For the most part, the sentiments expressed by the demonstrators are about fringe issues that are irrelevant if not incomprehensible to most of us … dissent against the 'prison-industrial complex,' opposition to economic policy oh, and yes, support of anarchy, the symbol of that black flag. In contrast, the protests of old erupted into the streets from a genuine division in society. Protesters voiced the passions and fury that tore us apart. The Vietnam War. Civil rights. The women's movement.

"You knew immediately the cause that was championed by the demonstrators in the street. You supported them or opposed them but you knew what it was all about. What is this, in Philadelphia, in 2000, all about? Where's the motivating sense of injustice, the righteous belligerence, the heart-felt commitment? You sense the people who've taken over our streets are self-promoting ideological hucksters, professional agitators who bounce from photo op to photo op, and students engaged in a rite of passage."

Jill Porter, writing on "Protests lacking direction," in the Aug. 2 Philadelphia Daily News

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