Firearms: Bring Home A Friend

Bring Home A Friend

Having served one's country abroad, each discharged soldier should have the right to bring home a submachine gun as "small recompense for the isolation, the boredom and the risk of overseas duty." So argues the National Rifle Association in a letter to drug czar William Bennett, who championed the ban on imported semiautomatic rifles. Bennett, the N.R.A. letter gratuitously points out, was neither isolated nor at risk during his draft-vulnerable years at the height of the Viet Nam War but instead was engaged in "scholarly pursuits" as a graduate student.

Assistant N.R.A. counsel James Warner says he only meant to describe...

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