I had been puzzled by the term “American exceptionalism” until this week. I now understand what this term means. The United States is exceptional because it has empowered each citizen to arm himself or herself with enough firearms to kill many other citizens for whatever reason — or no reason at all. This is a truly exceptional freedom not widely permitted by other civilized nations. I am proud our elected representatives have worked so hard to keep this “right” available to all Americans.

Robin Wilson Gorham, Annandale