To the Editor:
As a people, we are being asked to believe the unbelievable. We are being asked to believe that the organizations that have been dedicated for generations to ascertaining the truth and reporting it clearly to us are now, in just the last few years, lying to us. We are being told that they not only distort the truth, but create and report information that is patently untrue, not the whole truth as must be sworn to in a court of law, but information that is created out of the whole cloth, with deliberate, malicious intent.
It is my understanding that we are a people reared from infancy with a sacred respect for truth and honesty. For perhaps the last 20 years, we have had the 10 Commandments, including the one about bearing false witness, urged passionately upon us, but evidently with little effect.
Witness the recent Illinois NRA spokesman for the so-called right to own a combat-style killing machine without any limitations as to its use. He would have us believe that the Second Amendment is absolute. When I was very young, there was a popular song dating, I believe, from the Great Depression, which sang "wishing will make it so." Today demagogues and would-be dictators believe lying will make it so. And, to judge by the number of people they have duped, maybe they are right.
The spokesman would also have us believe that the owners of rapid-ﬁre, combat-style killing machines are "just like everyone else" and that any effort to improve gun safety is not only injurious to those responsible owners, as he calls them, but to the general public as well. If those killing machines are misused, it's not their fault. The FBI dropped the ball, the sheriff did not properly train and deploy his gents, there are too many untreated mental cases buying rapid-ﬁre killing machines, there are too many regulations covering the buying and selling of guns, etc., etc. There is no mention of corrupting our democratic government by bribing our ofﬁcials elected in good faith.
There is no mention of the innocent lives these machines have taken. Worst of all, there is no hint of contrition, no hint of a desire to make amends, no sign of obedience to the 10 Commandments, no offer of compensation to the survivors. The alteration of "Love thy neighbor" has become "Love thy killing machine."
Can we get the right answer on our National True-False test?
Fred H. Dippel