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Snoopy the Spin Doctor

Published January 08. 2011 09:00AM

Dear Editor,

The Second Amendment protects an individual's right to possess and bear firearms.

Dec. 27, 2010 in a Peanuts cartoon, Charlie Brown is talking to someone, stating that he is trying to get a dog license for Snoopy. Snoopy has already gotten a temporary drivers permit, and now has a fishing license. At the time, Snoopy is carrying an unregistered and unlicensed fishing rod.

Dec. 28. 2010 Snoopy, according to Charlie, has a dog license, a driver's license and a fishing license. Snoopy is then pictured carrying a rifle, and Charlie states that "she says you don't need a license for that," implying the rifle.

If the cartoonist wants to keep things equal,

First of all, the "license" to have a firearm IS the Second Amendment, which protects the right of all non-criminal citizens to possess and bear firearms. Snoopy would have needed a hunting license to hunt, not carry.

Second, keeping things equal according to the cartoon, Snoopy would have needed a license to carry a fishing rod. Carrying a fishing rod is not protected by the Second Amendment. However, he is protected to fish as he has a license to do t hat.

I am sure the cartoon was meant to be funny, but the cartoonist sure wasn't funny about playing spin doctor on that one.


Norman Ellis

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