Thank you for (columnist Larry) Tradlener's meticulously detailed dissertation on the mechanics of assorted weaponry (Guns and Roses, Part I). Granted, I had to rouse myself to attention by intermittently self-administering jolts with my Taser M26C while perusing the article. At the end of the column I was left a) with an impression of what some would call the author's endearing geekiness; b) with the realization that boys will not be separated from their toys easily without squealing and appealing to amendments and other noble causes; and c) the dawning comprehension that, with Dr. Freud, a cigar may more often than not be more than just a cigar.
Elsewhere, summing up a medley of Cortez Journal readers' letters, it is a relief to see that the nature versus nurture debate has been exposed as so much liberal claptrap, as evident from the bad guy/good guy dichotomy that is so authoritatively established throughout. I so look forward to a near future when public space will become an arena for the (eternal) battle between goodies and baddies, with those tree-hugging chumps who've eschewed arming themselves meeting a deserved demise in the cross-fire. And who could possibly resist a bucolic utopia where our children, adorned with whatever partisan logos or flags their carers wish them to wear, are taught in institutions vigilantly guarded by armed personnel, who are also available to intervene in any playground animosities generated by said logos or flags? And who better to take on this responsible task than experienced veterans returning from war-zones? Also, can we really afford to stop at the school-gates? What about armed guards on school buses? Armed escorts accompanying kids to their front-doors? The determination of bad guys to do evil is truly boundless, as we know.
Can't wait for Guns and Roses, Part 2.
Ilse B. Hohnepiepel