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Ex-Marine: I Respect
Guns' Role In Society
I read with interest the letter "Gun
Control Advocates Should Study
Constitution" (Jan. 31, page 5).
I served with the 1st Marine Division
during the Korean War. I was very well
trained by the Marine Corps on every
weapon we had at our disposal at the
time. They not only taught us about the
weapons, but also the extreme damage
they do. They also taught us respect for
human life, even on the battlefield, and
to avoid civilian casualties.
My respect for firearms is still with
me today, and I can understand the
writer's statements, which I quote:
"Drunk driving isn't caused by cars,
computers don't cause identity theft
and fraud, and guns just don't go off by
These are profound statements and
well thought out because they are true.
I hope more people read that letter and
ponder its relevance. The gun is only an
instrument as is a knife or explosives or
even a car.
Let's concentrate on the cause, not
the weapon and the multitude of use-
less laws enacted against weapons while
ignoring the root cause.
Read why the Second Amendment
was drafted and about all the respon-
sible individuals that responsibly carry
guns every day for your protection and

Dave George
Auburn Hills

Local Republicans Need
To Be More Inclusive
I write this note with sadness and opti-
mism. My local Republican Party is
broken. My comments may be harsh at
times but are only meant to shine a light
on some of our issues in order to make
positive changes.
I have been involved with Oakland
Country Republicans for nearly 10
years. I have run in the past three elec-
tions. Two years ago, I made sure that
no county commission seat went with-
out someone running.
I currently and proudly sit on the
executive board of the county party. I
am a socially liberal, fiscally conserva-
tive Republican. Unfortunately, our
party has decided by their actions
that they do not care about getting all
branches of our local communities to
vote and be proud to be Republican.
This past Thursday, Feb. 7, we had
our county convention. I have seen the
conventions become smaller and small-
er. I often wonder why I bother myself.
Lack of inclusion is the issue at the

heart of why we continue to get crushed
in elections locally. Oakland County
is made up of voters from all differ-
ent belief systems and religions. The
Republican Party should be about fis-
cal responsibility, not about the moral
views of some.
Inclusiveness is no small issue. We
have painted ourselves into a small box.
We don't garner the support of Jewish,
Black, Hispanic, Muslim, gay ... and the
list goes on. One has to wonder — is
there some truth when we are called a
bigoted party?
We used to be a big tent. There were
lots of different views represented and
discussed. We have become single-
minded and bent on squashing dissen-
People who used to be called con-
servative Republicans are now called
moderates or "RINOs" [Republicans in
name only]. The libertarian wing has
been marginalized. We have successfully
kicked out the Log Cabin Republicans. I
can't imagine why Jews and Blacks don't
want to associate with our party.
Change must happen and quickly. If
we hope to survive and be a majority
party, we must be inclusive.

Ezra Drissman
Executive Board Member
Oakland County Republican Party

Jewish Peacemakers
Must Be Prepared
Regarding "Healing Rifts" (Jan. 31, page
1.There is no place for vigilante
Jewish "peacemakers" by people who
are not specifically prepared for the
task, knowing Islam in detail, Middle
Eastern history, Jewish philosophy,
etc. They have to be experts in public
relations and must be pre-approved by
major Jewish organizations.
2. The picture on page 8 says it all:
Here sits Brenda Rosenberg, the soloist,
with five Muslim men who are trained
for years to propagate Islam. Brenda
Rosenberg is no match.
3. Jews and Islam is a complex entity
in which Jews were recognized initially
but then rejected and threatened with
4. There is no way to change Islamic
beliefs regarding Jews presently because
it is part of Islam and the cause of its
virulent anti-Semitism.
5. Brenda Rosenberg's philosophy is
that Muslims do not mean what they
say. In Germany, my father, like many
European Jews, did not believe it either
until October 1938 when he found
out the hard way that the "Germans
mean what they say!" This led to the

6. Islam has the concept of taqiyya,
which means that Muslims can lie "if it
is good for Islam!"
7. Jewish relations cannot ignore the
murder of Jewish women, children and
infants in the name of Islam.
8. It is impossible to perceive that
while in America, Muslims talk peace;
in Egypt, President Morsi and his clergy,
Abbas and his cronies, Hamas and its
covenant speak war. This is the true rift
that has to change before any dialogue
can start. Jews have always recognized
and respect Islam (Maimonides). There
is no rift between Jews and Islam. It is
Islam that has a rift with Jews.
9. Anybody who supports Shariah law
can have no dialogue with Jews who,
like all infidels, are dhimmis, second-
class citizens, discriminated against by
10.Whoever has doubts about
Muslim goals only has to go to Belgium
(Brussels), U.K. (London) or Sweden
(Melmo). Jews are attacked there daily;
Jewish schools and synagogues are
threatened and Jews are killed (Ilan
Halimi in Paris). European Jewry is
under attack, and it can spill to the U.S.
The American Jewish community has
to unite, get organized and prepare for
the future. No Jewry can allow good-
willed amateurs to represent the Jewish
community in dealings with a well-
organized, well-financed professional
Muslim organization such as CAIR that
knows well how to advance its goal to
be a dominant power in America as it is
in Europe.

Isaac Barr, M.D.
Bloomfield Township



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