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Armed and Free

May 04, 2003

Re "NRA Retirement," letter, April 30: A more fitting comment on the retirement of Charlton Heston as president of the National Rifle Assn., the oldest civil rights organization in the U.S., is an excerpt from a speech given by President George Washington on Jan. 7, 1790, "A free people ought ... to be armed."

Carl V. Moroney

Los Angeles

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