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Gun owners deserve more respect

I am a gun owner, and in spite of Dan Rodricks' view to the contrary, I am not "unmoved by the extension of mass killings into first grade classrooms," nor do I possess an adolescent attitude and do not "stream out of my man-cave." These are all pejoratives used by Mr. Rodricks in his column ("Let's be grown-ups on marriage and guns," March 28). In fact, I received degrees from two Ivy League universities and taught at a third. I target shoot weekly and at the side of a surprisingly large number of clergy, professionals, entrepreneurs, lawyers and judges, senior couples and retirees, most of whom share similar concerns.

I retain my firearms not to hunt but to protect my home and family from intruders who would do them harm. But primarily, and in accordance with the rights granted to me by virtue of the Second Amendment, I keep my firearms in the event I have to resist a tyrannical government and its armed agents. Paranoid? I think not. Perhaps Mr. Rodricks can explain in his overly dramatic and theatrical style, why the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is stockpiling 2 billion rounds of 9 mm ammunition (including hollow points), thousands of assault rifles and armored vehicles for use in "warrant processing." As an aside, that is approximately seven rounds for every American.

Disagreement with a stated policy is not a sign of intellectual or mental insufficiency. And the use of blatant argumentum ad hominem is a recurring tactic among pseudo intellectuals on both the right and left. Mr. Rodricks has raised that tactic to an art form. Who is the adolescent?

Andrew Aldi

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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