- The Washington Times - Monday, December 27, 1999

I very much liked the Op-Ed column on the efforts of the Department of Housing and Urban Development to manufacture lawsuits by public housing authorities against gun manufacturers (“HUD misfires,” Dec. 16). The most astonishing thing about this issue is the contempt the administration has for the rule of law and the legislative process. Is there a better definition for authoritarian rule?
This would seem to be the best ammunition so far for those of us who have been warning about impending dictatorship. Some of us have enough education to remember that the first thing Hitler and Lenin did was confiscate the guns.
It is only the press’ Pavlovian love of gun control that makes it ignore this. If a Republican administration were proceeding in a similar fashion against abortion, you scarcely would be able to sleep because of the clamor.
As a generation, we have the dubious distinction of watching freedom die before our very eyes. The astounding thing, to me, is that no one cares.
Henderson, Nev.




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