About 10,000 law-abiding gun owners met in Albany at a Feb. 28 rally in support of the Second Amendment. There was not a single arrest. The police were greeted with handshakes and thanks for doing their job. The garbage was picked up, and plans are under way to reseed the grass where the rally was held. That seems like responsible and trustworthy behavior. Compare that to the much smaller Occupy Albany protests of last year in which there were reports of arrests and the garbage left behind.
20 March 2013
In the gun debate, neatness counts!
The lively debate over gun control on newspaper letters pages has raised the question of whom people trust with power and weapons. Opponents of gun control clearly don't trust the state with a monopoly of force, but it's become clear that some advocates of greater gun control don't trust their opponents. There's some good reason for that mistrust, especially when the opponents reserve a right to rebel against the government and remain alarmingly vague about their standards for provocation. In response to a letter-writer who questioned whether gun fanatics could be trusted, Bob Bernhard of Delanson proposes a novel standard of trustworthiness.