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Gun debate isn't about definition of terms

Jan 17, 2013 - Bonnie Klennen, Riverton


I read the two letters condemning Betty Starks Case for having the courage in Wyoming to speak out on gun control, and I would like to defend her. Both of the letters to the editor talked mostly on how Betty Starks Case didn't use the same terms and definitions that they did. That is totally beside the point. It's like defending a stabbing by saying the murder weapon wasn't a "knife" but a "dagger."

This isn't a high school debate over definition of terms. I have nothing in particular against guns, but I do disagree with trying to silence any opposing view over the difference between a "clip" and a "magazine." That is not what the debate is about.

I'm sure Betty Starks Case knows some specific terms about some area she's an expert in that other people don't, but that is not the point. This needs to be talked about based on the real issue and whether or not something can be done to improve it.

That's all Betty Starks Case did. You should not have to pass a vocabulary test just to express an opinion.

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