Small Arms

Published: Wednesday, 06/15/2005 12:00 am EDT

I am an American whose grandparents came from Finland. I have much pride in my Finnish heritage, particularly in how brave Finns held off the Soviet Union in the Winter War, defended their country and preserved their national identity. They did it by taking up the arms that they had. That's why it is rather revolting to see current-day Finnish diplomats push for elimination of or draconian regulation on private ownership of firearms. Has stupidity replaced Sisu as a national characteristic of Finland? Did they learn nothing from history? What is even more disturbing is that this is being done under the umbrella of the United Nations, an organization that is a third-world rip-off of United States money. The Oil-For-Food scandal happened because there is absolutely no accountability and no transparency in how the UN conducts its affairs. As a U.S. taxpayer, I am tired of propping up the rest of the world and being the policeman everyone depends on (and then criticizes). The United States needs to withhold UN dues until the organization is reformed, corruption is eliminated and diplomats in countries like Finland regain their senses. William Hauda Spring Green, Wisconsin

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