Tuesday, July 20, 2004; Page A16
The gun-rights advocates featured in the July 16 Metro article "Gun-Toting in Va. Educates Public, Advocates Say" and the July 15 front-page article "Guns Worn in Open Legal, but Alarm Va." do their cause no favors by flaunting their pistols in public places.
No one is contesting their right to carry pistols in the open. But choosing to do so is gratuitously confrontational and borderline immature. Their need to display their weapons in Starbucks for supposed self-defense reasons is laughable.
As an attorney, I know I have the right to wear a T-shirt with a curse word to court if I am making a political statement. I choose not to, however, out of respect for myself and my fellow citizens.
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