The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK


June 12, 2014

Letter: Take away the pen

ENID, Okla. — Why not take away your pen?

In reply to Gene Lyons’ May 30 column (“Will Americans ever be ready to challenge the gun cult?”), his calling the NRA “the gun cult,” I have had it with people like you, Mr. Lyons, who rush to judgment every time a shooting takes place. You want to blame the gun instead of the person using it.

Yes, it is a terrible thing when this happens, and a lot of times could be prevented. Authorities have admitted on occasion that they knew the person was mentally unstable, but couldn’t do anything.

It’s kind of odd though, because all an authority has to do is accuse “You of threatening one of them and bingo – you get arrested and run through the mill.

I’d like to remind you, sir, that it was that gun that you despise and the courage and blood of our founders that gave you that right to spew your hatred in your column.

How would you like it if they were to take away your First Amendment right? After all, it is said that the pen is mightier than the sword, and you might kill someone with your pen. You wouldn’t like that, would you? Neither would I.

I am a proud member of the NRA and I’ll tell you this: The NRA doesn’t endorse these killings, and neither do I. They stand firm for the law-abiding citizens’ right to keep and bare arms.

I have a deep sympathy for those innocent people and their families that were murdered. Politicians are a lot to blame because they keep pushing for more regulation and taking away more freedom.

You call yourself a journalist; I don’t, because a true journalist looks for and prints the truth.

Clifford Herren,


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