Taylor’s gun pan­der­ing plays to false fears

The Columbus Dispatch - - Letters To The Editor -

I re­spond to the Sun­day ar­ti­cle “Up in arms.” The pho­to­graph lead­ing the ar­ti­cle of a man car­ry­ing a ban­ner tells all: “Come and Take It.” These folks are mo­ti­vated by fear, a fear cul­ti­vated by the National Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion and pan­der­ing politi­cians such as Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor.

Let’s be clear: No one, no mat­ter how lib­eral, has ad­vo­cated re­peal of the Sec­ond Amend­ment or con­fis­ca­tion of pri­vately owned guns. Taylor is play­ing on that cul­ti­vated fear among some gun own­ers and, in so do­ing, has be­come the poor man’s Sarah Palin, a stale SNL joke.

Any politi­cian bran­dish­ing a weapon af­ter the string of gun-death tragedies in this coun­try is to­tally in­sen­si­tive and should not hold any elected of­fice. Taylor’s gun­totin’ rant was dis­hon­est, disin­gen­u­ous and be­neath con­tempt.

Joseph A. and Pa­tri­cia Tat­ter­son Lewis Cen­ter

Re­li­able polling shows that an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of jour­nal­ists are reg­is­tered Democrats and pro­gres­sives, and it is just pos­si­ble that their world­view may in­flu­ence their re­portage.

There have been some fairly sig­nif­i­cant re­trac­tions from sup­pos­edly re­li­able news sources over the past 14 months, news out­lets which ap­pear to be lean­ing in­creas­ingly left. The AP’s re­port­ing (or lack thereof) of sig­nif­i­cant news­wor­thy sto­ries since the in­cep­tion of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion ap­pears to lend cred­i­bil­ity to con­ser­va­tive claims of “fake news.”

How­ever, the AP story surely gives the im­pres­sion that con­ser­va­tives’ claims of “fake news” are them­selves fake. I sup­pose one must al­ways con­sider the source of any news and weigh the ac­tual facts in or­der to ac­cept or dis­re­gard its le­git­i­macy.

Jim Viney Canal Winch­ester

John A. Backus Pick­er­ing­ton

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