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Reader's view: Mills already plays politics with gun issue

It was disheartening to read in the April 20 News Tribune’s profile of Republican congressional candidate Stewart Mills III (“Mills sees House seat as a call to serve”) that first and foremost he cites the gun issue when he talks about challenging 8th District U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan.

Northern Minnesota has a lot of issues that need attention — jobs, the environment, transportation and infrastructure — before bogging the campaign down in splitting hairs over gun rights.

Mills seems to have swallowed whole the National Rifle Association playbook on this issue, telling the newspaper that guns should be off the table in Washington, saying, “Stop playing politics with our God-given constitutional rights.”

God-given? Where’s that in the Bible?

The Second Amendment guarantees Americans’ right to bear arms, but God had nothing to do with it. Moses came down from Mount Sinai with Ten Commandments, not the Ten Amendments to the United States Constitution.

Mills should glance in a mirror if he wants to see someone playing politics with the gun issue — before the 2014 campaign is even under way.

Jim Heffernan