- The Washington Times - Monday, June 2, 2003

Gun Control Losers

In “Democrats shunning gun control” (Nation, Saturday), Blaine Rummel, spokesman for the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, stated, “There isn’t a shred of evidence that says gun control is a political loser. It hasn’t cost a candidate a political race anywhere.” This absurd and ludicrous statement is demonstrably false.

Not a “shred of evidence”? Gun control “hasn’t cost a candidate a political race anywhere”? Perhaps Mr. Rummel should talk to the following political losers in the 2002 elections alone where there was a difference on gun control between opposing candidates in the most competitive congressional races:

General election, Senate

• Tom Strickland (Colo.)

• Sen. Max Cleland (Ga.)

• Alan Blinken (Idaho)

• Lois Weinberg (Ky.)

• Chellie Pingree (Maine)

• Walter Mondale (Minn.)

• Sen. Jean Carnahan (Mo.)

• Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.)

• Erskine Bowles (N.C.)

• David Walters (Okla.)

• Bill Bradbury (Ore.)

• Alex Sanders (S.C.)

• Ron Kirk (Texas)

General election, House

• Joe Turnham (Ala.)

• George Cordova (Ariz.)

• Stan Matsunaka (Colo.)

• Mike Feeley (Colo.)

• Joe Courtney (Conn.)

• Wayne Hogan (Fla.)

• Harry Jacobs (Fla.)

• Roger Kahn (Ga.)

• Champ Walker (Ga.)

• Jill Long-Thompson (Ind.)

• Ann Hutchinson (Iowa)

• John Norris (Iowa)

• Jack Conway (Ky.)

• David Fink (Mich.)

• Carl Marlinga (Mich.)

• Kevin Kelly (Mich.)

• Rep. Bill Luther (Minn.)

• Martha Fuller Clark (N.H.)

• Anne Sumers (N.J.)

• Richard Romero (N.M.)

• Chris Kouri (N.C.)

• Rick Carne (Ohio)

• Darryl Roberts (Okla.)

• Dan Wofford (Pa.)

• Ed O’Brien (Pa.)

• Jack Machek (Pa.)

• Henry Cuellar (Texas)

• Dave Thomas (Utah)

Primary election

• Paul Helmke (Ind.)

• Susan Longley (Maine)

• Rep. Lynn Rivers (Mich.)

• Ruben Smith (N.M.)

• Rep. Tom Sawyer (Ohio)

• Mike Mass (Okla.)

• Fran Marcum (Tenn.)

• Kevin Garn (Utah)

• Margaret Workman (W.Va.)

Those who do not study history are often destined to become part of it.

CHARLES H. CUNNINGHAM

Director of federal affairs

National Rifle Association

Arab states shunning Israel

There is much to commend in yesterday’s thoughtful editorial “A summit against terror,” but you overlook the main point. Although you mention in passing that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and Saudi Arabia can’t abide meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, you fail to draw the discouraging implications of the Arab states’ refusal. In shunning Israel, the Arab leaders give comfort to Hamas, Islamic Jihad and all the other Arab militant extremists in their goal of destroying Israel. “Look,” the militants may well conclude, “even the ‘moderate’ Arabs can’t abide being in the same room with Israel, so we are right in not wanting Israel to be in the same world.”

The shunning of Israel complements the Arab hate literature that President Bush deplores. The shunning of Israel gives the lie to the phony proclamations of the “moderate” Arabs that they accept the existence of Israel. It negates the hope that the “moderate” Arab states wish to exist side by side with Israel in a peaceful and harmonious Middle East.

Mr. Bush has made a terrible mistake in accepting the ignoble demand of the Arab states for a separate meeting. His acceptance undercuts his brave words about a fight against terrorism. By agreeing to a separate meeting, Mr. Bush shows that the road map will lead not to peace, but to disaster.

Israel is our ally and a better ally than Saudi Arabia and Egypt. How can Mr. Bush stand for the contemptuous — and contemptible — shunning of Israel by the Arab states?

NATHAN DODELL

Rockville, Md.

The expansion of Metro

Maryland Secretary of Transportation Robert Flanagan’s plan to move transportation money away from rail transit is based on a false premise (“Ehrlich to focus on road building,” Metropolitan, yesterday). It simply isn’t true that, as one supporter of this move put it, rail lines “are not responsive to market trends as far as housing is concerned.”

The hottest housing markets in Maryland are at stations such as Bethesda and Grosvenor. The trend is spreading: A few weeks ago, home buyers camped out overnight to be first in line to buy $400,000 town houses next to the Wheaton Metro station.

Montgomery County is moving to simplify a cumbersome approval process that makes it much more difficult to build housing next to Metro stations than in areas unserved by transit. Amazingly, these deregulatory actions have been criticized by the Realtors’ lobby.

The housing market is sending a clear message: Expand Metro.

BEN ROSS

President

Action Committee for Transit

Bethesda, Md.

Georgetown should follow truth in advertising rule

Regrettably, I was not surprised that Cardinal Francis Arinze’s profoundly accurate words fell on the morally deaf ears of some in attendance at the Georgetown commencement exercise when he spoke of the family being “under siege by contraception … banalized by pornography, desecrated by fornication … and mocked by homosexuality.” (“Criticism of gays riles Georgetown, Page 1, Friday).

Nor am I surprised that a theology professor walked off the stage and members of LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Questioning) and Pride are incensed that the cardinal included their homosexual objectives in the list of hedonistic behaviors adversely affecting the family and society.

Although he spoke of the essentials of obeying God’s message and the joy that comes therefrom, one may suspect he knew his audience at Georgetown has an indefensible record of opposing clearly stated Catholic doctrine. Only through canon law proceedings brought by the Ignatian Society was the university ordered by the Vatican to stop funding a pro-abortion student group, GU Choice, and the Rev. Robert Drinan, who teaches law at Georgetown, required to retract his public support of President Clinton’s veto of the bill banning partial-birth abortion.

This is the same Georgetown where pro-abortion students were permitted to carry “Keep your rosaries off our ovaries” and “Spit out the wafer, condoms are safer” signs, where the director of Campus Ministries suggested that a pitcher and bowl representing Jesus washing His apostles’ feet would be a suitable substitute for the crucifix, and Campus Ministries supported the establishment of “safe zones” where homosexuals would find “gay friendly” acceptance in dorms.

There still are a few good Jesuits at Georgetown, but sadly, there are those who have lost track of their mission. As priests, Jesuits are employees of the Catholic Church, an entity that has a product to sell. In matters moral, theological and liturgical, the buck stops at their desks, and those who don’t like that arrangement are perfectly free to leave and sell another product.

As Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal Arinze is not only entitled, he is required to sell the product, and he did exactly that.

Under the “truth in advertising” rule, Georgetown should either drop the word Catholic so parents and students would have no illusions about what they’re buying or, with absolute clarity, announce to the world that it fully and completely intends to follow the teachings of the Church in all matters. In so doing, the university would find itself inundated with applications from students who are desperately looking for a moral haven in the present immoral society.

ANN SHERIDAN

President

Georgetown Ignatian Society

Washington


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