In response to Jeff Jardine's Jan. 18 column: I've read Sheriff Adam Christianson's letter to Vice President (Joe) Biden.
While I admire the sheriff's passionate honesty, I must question his understanding of ordinary, everyday English. Where, in President Obama's gun control agenda, does it say the government is going to "take" guns away from citizens?
A policy designed to prevent someone from acquiring a certain kind of weapon is simply not the same thing as a policy designed to take that weapon away from someone who already lawfully owns it. This confusion is embraced and promoted by the National Rifle Association leadership, and Christianson is certainly one of their followers. When passions run feverishly high, confusion sets in.
What kinds of weapons, and how many of each, does the sheriff think a citizen has the right to own? Are there weapons a citizen shouldn't have the right to own? How do we decide? Don't we have an obligation to decide?
We have to ask and answer these questions, despite the NRA.