To the Editor:

Having thrice read John Crisp’s tome in the Nov. 19 opinion page, “Combining guns and drugs — a new normal in Texas,” I must say that in recent memory I haven’t read a more immature or uninformed commentary in some time.

Of course, that’s his right in a free republic, and I would never deny it to him had I the power.

That said, he certainly earned my scorn on this one, and I have the equal right to express it under the same Constitution that permits his kind of tripe.

Incidentally, one such business in a state this large certainly does not represent “normal” by any stretch of the imagination — unless one has to falsely submit so in order to express a weak agenda. I do have to admit, though, that I would likewise be surprised to find a pharmacy and gun shop in the same store, even separated or partitioned as it must have been.

On the other hand, would he have been equally outraged to find an abortion clinic under that same roof?

I don’t imagine we would have read about that, would we have?

To the point, we Texans do not have a “romance of firearms” at all, or even a “fetish” as he says (that certainly has a psychiatric ring to it, doesn’t it?).

The sheer majority of us do actually see them as tools, as he suggests that our citizens did during our founding years. Nor is it true that “most gun control advocates are not determined to abolish the Second Amendment.”

Please do some research on the backers of this movement, both foreign and domestic, Dr. Crisp.

And while you’re doing that, also research the documents surrounding both the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

You will find that the “well regulated militia” refers to the body of the people, Sir, and framed under the same fear of government tyranny that we face today.

But that said, he is correct in stating that there is an increasing anxiety and level of fright in this country, although by no means for the reasons he articulates.

As a Life Endowment member of the NRA, I can assure you that our organization would like nothing better than not to have to exist. Regardless of the stereotype propagated by people such as Crisp, and you can take that to the bank.

Dr. Neal Trent

retired colonel, U.S. Army


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'To the point, we Texans do not have a “romance of firearms” at all, or even a “fetish” as he says'

While I can't speak for everyone, I can agree on my own behalf. If I had a "fetish" or "romance" with my gun, it would have been out of its (locked) case in the past six months, but it hasn't.

There also is no romance with the *idea* of firearms in general, just as I hold no endearment for any other deadly weapon. I think the world would be a better place without them.

But they're here, and I own one, and I think Mr. Crisp has the right to own one too.

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