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Although the most passionate and vocal advocates of gun-control legislation will not admit it, their utopian dream is banishment and confiscation of all weapons from all citizens. The gun is just one tool among many that humankind, over the centuries, has employed to maim, murder and oppress. Published January 11, 2016

FDR 'fear' line is older

I am a great fan of historical references, and so was pleased to see Wesley Pruden's mention of President Franklin D. Rooselvelt in the December 17 column "The deadly dereliction of duty at the top" (Web). However, I'd like to offer a slight clarification. Published January 11, 2016

The price of uncontrolled immigration

The waves of migrants flooding across Europe, from North Africa through the Middle East to Pakistan and even Bangladesh, now threaten the very existence of the European Union. The promise of cheap and easily abused labor, which glittered like so much fool's gold in the eyes of the business elites, suddenly looks like the promise of a nightmare. Published January 11, 2016

Kill 'gun-free zones'

In this age of armed radical terrorists and deranged individuals among us, we continue to provide areas in which people will be guaranteed not to immediately resist violent attacks: so-called gun-free zones. Published January 10, 2016

Saudi Arabia no friend of U.S.

With an ally like Saudi Arabia, who needs enemies ("Who lost the Middle East?" Web, Jan. 5 )? For far too long we have tolerated Saudi Arabia's promotion of Wahhabism and its playing of the destructive sectarian card against 'apostate' Shiites. We then looked on as the Saudis facilitated the rise of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. Moreover, the terrorists who attack westerners are invariably Sunnis of a Wahhabi persuasion. Published January 10, 2016

Military can't trust own president

Loyalty between a leader and his troops is a two-way street. It is an absolutely necessary part of the command relationship. The men of the combat units facing an enemy do so because loyalty means they will carry out their commander's orders -- even if it means grievous injury or death. Published January 10, 2016

Multiculturalism reconsidered

Ageneration ago the Europeans, who had bled themselves white in war after war, usually in the service of chauvinistic nationalism, decided they could save the day with a new concept called multiculturalism. The concept was vague but expansive, which celebrated ethnic and other cultural differences and sprinkling them with holy water. Published January 10, 2016

In this frame from a Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 video provided by the Philadelphia Police Department, Edward Archer runs with a gun toward a police car driven by Officer Jesse Hartnett in Philadelphia. Archer, using a gun stolen from police, said he was acting in the name of Islam when he ambushed Hartnett sitting in his marked cruiser at an intersection, firing shots at point-blank range, authorities said. (Philadelphia Police Department via AP)

Another town, another attack on a cop

When a religious zealot fires 13 shots at a Philadelphia policeman, hitting him three times, and says he did it in the name of radical Islam and the mayor says no, religious belief had nothing to do with the shooter's motives, who should we believe? The mayor or our very own eyes and ears? Published January 10, 2016

Redskins uniquely Washingtonian

As a life-long fan of our Washington Redskins, I am as elated as anyone by the current success of the team. The Redskins were established in Washington by George Preston Marshall a year prior to my birth. My mother sang "Hail to the Redskins" to me when I was in my cradle. Marshall's wife Corinne wrote the lyrics. Published January 7, 2016

Lack of gun laws not the problem

Tuesday's exhibition of President Obama's crocodile tears during his TV appearance was a passionate plea for more gun-ownership restrictions (likley undertaken in order to lessen the odds of some wacko taking a pop shot at the president). Nothing compares to the carnage the current administration has created throughout the world thanks to Mr. Obama's ineptness and failure to act appropriately as a world leader. Published January 7, 2016

A tear wells up in President Barack Obama's eye as he speaks about the youngest victims of the Sandy Hook shootings, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. while speaking about steps his administration is taking to reduce gun violence. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama's half-hearted crusade

After months of planning and anticipation, rumor and rumination, President Obama finally issued his executive orders, together with a few regulatory "adjustments," that he says will put a damper on the "gun violence" that he -- and the rest of us -- so abhor. Published January 7, 2016

Police officers arrest protester Asa Khalif during the Mummers Day Parade on New Year's Day in Philadelphia on Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. Dozens of activists from the Black Lives Matter movement used the parade to stage a protest. (David Swanson/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

Where is that 'war on blacks'?

One of the persistent narratives of the year just past was that the police are conducting a deadly war on black America. The narrative is pushed by media sensationalists until it becomes conventional wisdom. The narrative is wrong. The facts, collected by nonpartisan sources, say so. Perception, often encouraged by irresponsible reporters and pundits, nevertheless becomes reality, and anger and fear fester. Published January 7, 2016

Planned Parenthood's deep damage

In the Dec. 30, 2015, Washington Times front-page report "Planned Parenthood patients flee despite clinics' lobbying," Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards is quoted as saying, "Planned Parenthood's resilient staff and clinicians are making a huge difference in the field of reproductive and sexual health and in the cultural landscape at large." Published January 6, 2016

Peace currently impossible

The Palestinian Authority has frequently violated both the spirit and the letter of the Oslo Accords, which were supposed to bring peace to the Israelis and the Palestinians. The latest is the Facebook page of the official spokesman of the PA Security Forces, Adnan al-Damiri. Published January 6, 2016

About 150 Muslim workers have been fired from Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan, Colorado, after walking off the job to protest a workplace prayer dispute. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Prayer, discrimination and privilege

Everyone is entitled to his faith and his expression of it, but there's a gray area between the inner experience of worship and how its outer expression affects the lives of others. This leads to difficult judgments on how far society must go to accommodate the practice of faith. For Christians in the Age of Obama, the answer is sometimes not very far; for Muslims, a little farther. Published January 6, 2016

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves to the audience as he arrives to inaugurate the International Conference on Frontiers in Yoga Research and its Applications in Jigani, near Bangalore, India, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016. The conference aims to make an effort to integrate Ayurveda, Naturopathy, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Homeopathy and modern medicine by bringing prominent researchers and doctors from all these fields on one platform. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Islamic terrorists open a new front

Just what the civilized world needs, a new front in the war against radical Islamic terrorism: Two terrorists were killed this week in an attack on the Pathankot Indian Air Force Base, a critical installation on the India-Pakistan border, near the troubled Himalaya state of Kashmir. Published January 6, 2016

Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, leaves the Senate chamber after a roll call vote at the Capitol in Washington, in this Nov. 12, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

Logjam in the U.S. Senate

If you have been nominated by the president for a federal judgeship, a top job in the executive branch or a government job related to finance and banking, you shouldn't quit the job you have now. There's a backlog of nominees waiting for confirmation votes, and there won't be many of those in the new year. Published January 5, 2016

President Barack Obama speaks during a news conference in the White House Brady Press Briefing Room in Washington. Obama is slated Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, to finalize a set of new executive actions tightening the nation’s gun laws. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Who lost the Middle East?

Saudi Arabia raised the threat to the peace and stability of the world with its display of more barbarism in the Middle East, executing 47 dissidents on January 2, some on the gallows and some beheaded in the government butcher shop. The execution of a prominent Shia cleric was particularly provocative. Published January 5, 2016

Oil-price outcome?

Thank you for publishing "Collapse of crude oil price could force Putin to surprise the world militarily" (Web, Jan. 3). The article was well done. Published January 5, 2016

Votes speak louder than words

All Republicans and conservatives say they want to either repeal or revise President Obama's inappropriate policies or unconstitutional executive orders. Well, they can prove it with their votes in the 2016 presidential, federal and state elections. No more "I don't like him" or "She's not doing everything I want" or "I will sit this one out." Published January 5, 2016