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Nobody in This Building Has a Gun

From: "John G. Lankford" <>
To: <>
Subject: Workplace without guns around
Date sent: Mon, 29 Oct 2001 19:45:52 -0600

Regarding your article in the St. Petersburg Times, Columns: Workplace bad enough without a gun around

Dear Mr. Glidewell:

I'm sorry you find work a place where life is suspended as a price for its enjoyment elsewhere. You must have the misfortune of working in occupation for the sake of accumulating secondary gratification, money, alone, rather than working in vocation and having both.

I'm also sorry you see fit to prescribe for everyone regarding not only the appropriateness but the permissibility of a number of constitutional rights in a number of different places. Apparently you subscribe to the Ruth Bader Ginsburg theory of jurisprudence: "Whenever you want to know what the law allows, ask me."

But if the City Manager does, with your approval, succeed in banning guns from City Hall, I suggest the two of you cooperate in celebrating the fact by placing outside a sign saying, "Nobody in this building has a gun: Guaranteed."

And I wish you both the best of luck.

Sincerely yours,
John G. Lankford

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There are other things so clearly out of the power of Congress, that the bare recital of them is sufficient, I mean the "...rights of bearing arms for defence, or for killing game..." These things seem to have been inserted among their objections, merely to induce the ignorant to believe that Congress would have a power over such objects and to infer from their being refused a place in the Constitution, their intention to exercise that power to the oppression of the people. —ALEXANDER WHITE (1787)

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