Letter: The folly of gun-toting anti-maskers

Letter: The folly of gun-toting anti-maskers

Recently James Fieseher questioned the ideology anti-maskers have about guns and masks ( Monitor Opinion, Jan. 8). As an international student from Finland, and a student of Tilton School, I have experienced the importance of masks here in the United States. According to Fieseher, bringing a gun to an anti-mask protest is similar to bringing meat to a vegan convention; it just doesn’t add up. I agree with Fieseher. Fieseher stated that many anti-maskers “believe they are their own judges – and have the right to do what they want, no matter how it affects their neighbors, their community, or the nation.” This seems to be the reason why anti-maskers find themselves protesting masks while carrying guns. Unfortunately for them, the anti-mask idea and guns don’t go hand in hand. In the United States the Second Amendment gives Americans the right to own and carry a gun. In the same way, business owners have the right to turn customers away if they refuse to wear a mask. Anti-maskers seem to understand their right to own and carry a gun, but understanding the right for others to require them to wear a mask seems to be too much. In his column Fieseher talks about sacrifice and how many Americans have sacrificed a lot. Putting on a mask in order to protect others seems like a small price to pay for the well-being of a nation. SOINTU AHOLA Tilton

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