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Hell-bent for guns
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What more can the gun culture demand — a culture where gun addiction is considered a virtue?

In 30 years, will every citizen, including teachers, be armed? Will students be wearing bullet-proof uniforms?

Will police be afraid to leave their bulletproof cars? Will theaters be closed because patrons fear attending a movie or concert?

This sounds over the top, but who would have thought in 1980 that 30 years later in Utaht:

• 120,000 armed individuals would be wandering the streets with concealed weapons willing to shoot to kill;

• that legislation has to satisfy gun addicts before and at the expense of everyone else;

• that members of the dominant religion are actually members of the majority party of greed, guns and groveling at the feet of the National Rifle Association;

• that guns are allowed in schools, churches and on college campuses; and

• that men attend state legislative hearings openly carrying a semiautomatic rifle?

Yet gun addicts are never satisfied.

As for Brigham Young's goal of the peaceful kingdom of God in a promised land, just forget it. We're charging hell-bent in the opposite direction.

Ron Molen

Salt Lake City

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