"Here's my credo. There are no good guns, There are no bad guns.
A gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing.
Any gun in the hands of a good man is no threat to anyone,
except bad people."
Charlton Heston
(1924- ) American actor, former president of National Rifle Association
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I always find it amazing that people against guns seem to think that the gun decided to pull its own trigger and shoot someone. A gun is simple a tool. Responsibility for its use - correctly or incorrectly - lays with the person using it. Plain and Simple! No different than driving a car, using a saw, cutting food with a knife, etc. We need people to be accountable for their choices and actions!
 -- Sheree, Greeley, CO     
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     -- Mike, Norwalk      
     -- Joe, Rochester, MI      
    Right on Sheree!
     -- Mike, Mount Holly, NC     
    It is not the gun that is bad... as he said "a gun in the hands of a bad man is a bad thing", but he is 100% wrong when he claims that in the hands of a good man it is not a threat... too many have died by accidents caused by good (but dim witted &/or lazy) people who do not control access to those weapons to keep them from children, troubled teens and the "bad people" (LOL, yet another "them" ;-).
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    And just to be clear here, by "gun" we don't mean hunting rifles and shotguns either... they are fine, though they too must be kept from the overly young and the troubled of any age.
     -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
    Sheree, you've just about got it all said! There are those few, who easily convence the weak minded that they don't have to be accountable for their own actions. "Shoot someone...blame it on the 'Twinkie'." Or, "Hurt or cheat someone? So what? That someone should have been more careful". How about every reader, today, commit random acts of "unselfish" kindness and love!
     -- Ken , Modesto, CA     
    Lets be clear here. The 2nd Amendment has nothing to do with hunting...it has everything to do with self defense, and making sure the government knows the populace will not be easily enslaved. I am sad that Mr. Anon. in Reston is willing to take the ability of law abiding citizens to defend themselves away in order to prevent accidents. Besides, at least in Texas, there are laws on the books for that. What a trite argument...not unexpected though. There is nothing that reduces the level of viollent crime like a concealed carry law. Gosh I miss Charlton Heston.
     -- Michael , Houston,TX     
    'Arms' include ALL weapons. The more powerful the weapon, the more responsibility is required. When 'power' of any kind is used contrary to the rights of the People, an in justice has occured whether the power be a hand gun or a property tax. The purpose of a free republic is to protect the inherent rights to personal power with respect to everyone else's rights and powers. The Constitution does not limit ANY rights of the People -- it is the limitation of the powers we collectively pool into our government. Most gun laws are completely unconstitutional. Why should they be observed?
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    Heston had almost as little brain power as George Bush.
     -- Dick, Fort Worth     
     -- David L Rosenthal      
     -- Melek, IOP      
     -- Daniel, Vernon, Fl      
    Charlten Heston is right on with this statement. Gun control laws are usless and only affect the responsible gun owners.
     -- Ben, St. Louis, MO     
     -- Rick Thomas, Baltimore, MD      
     -- Anonymous      
    Just once, I'd like to see an anti-gun point of view that is well-thought out, based upon unbiased research, and not emotionally-fueled. I find it interesting that (contrary to the stereotype) pro-gun advocates often tend to appear better informed and more articulate than the average anti-gunner. As demonstrated above, name-calling and insults are often the first and/or last response to anything/anyone supporting the subject of firearms. Sadly, accountability is a dying concept in our society--It's easier to point a finger at an inanimate object and declare it responsible than to accept any responsibility yourself. Mr. Anon: the anti-gun crowd makes no distinction between which guns are acceptable and which are not--There is NO middle ground. Never was. Additionally, it amazes me how anyone could be convinced that law-breakers are going to be affected by new laws. Criminals DON'T CARE. Ben's(of St. Louis) statement is dead-on. How much clearer can it be? "Gun-Free Zones" are simply an advertisement for where the victims are.
     -- Kelly, Gibsonville, NC     
    Charlton Heston Was A Great, Gifted Man Our Freedom is ever so creatively being stripped away. Wake up people!. Can't decide who to vote for: LONG for the old election ways. Where it would be finally decided on the Floors of the Convention. After nominees would be named and delegates would review and haggle and eventually a candidate would swing his votes to another and another to another, until they got a nominee. Or when a Dark Horse candidate would come into the light. OH WELL! The Nostalgia is too much.
     -- Calk42@aol.com, Anywhere, USA     
    Michael of Houston,Tx I agree!
     -- Calk42@aol.com, Anywhere,USA     
    Reston stop spouting the liberal lies. Cite your stats when trying to make that tired arguement.
     -- Jim     
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     -- Anonymous      
    right on the money
     -- gibran     
    awww yeeeee
     -- hien (i get money), vietnam     
    If you asked Charlton Heston who gets to decide who is good people and who is bad people, I bet his answer would be: "Good people"
     -- Chris, London     
    But how do you effectively judge who is a good and who is a bad person, just because their record is clean does not mean it won’t change when the means to commit more horrid crimes are obtained.
     -- Hector     
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