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Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s claim that he will carry a gun in public in Utah after the shooting of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords gave left writer and former Army infantryman John Rasmuson plenty to criticize [see “Glock Talk,” Jan. 18, City Weekly]. Readers were passionately in support of, or opposed to, the criticism.

“What gun owner would fire any weapon at an assailant with no concern for the bystanders and people behind the perp?” asked wygent.

It was clear, however, that Rasmuson thinks Chaffetz—or any other minimally trained, gun-toting neophyte—might be the type to do that.

Joe Puente says Chaffetz will carry a gun for the same reason he sponsors much of his legislation: because Chaffetz is a “coward,” fearful of minorities and homosexuals as much as would-be assassins.

Like wyagent, Inspector Detector criticized Rasmuson and other commenters’ knowledge of firearm trivia—is a Browning M1911 best called a “Browning .45” or a “Nineteen eleven,” for example? “You are obviously a liberal gun-hater,” Inspector Detector concluded.

“I challenge you to a shoot-off at any range,” BlackMamba wrote. “And I’ll use .38 Special rounds. They’re interchangeable with .357 Magnum rounds, but you probably already knew that, right? Liberal gun-haters. … what a joke.”

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