Saturday, April 26, 2003

'From His Cold, Dead Hands'

Actor Charlton Heston stepped down today after five years as president of the National Rifle Association. Heston, recently diagnosed with symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, was strong enough to raise an 1866 Winchester rifle over his head and deliver his trademark line, "From my cold, dead hands."

Heston was a great champion for the NRA and he gave the group a gravitas it could not have enjoyed without him. While philosophically there are several things I would like to see change in how the NRA presents its arguments, I would never deny the important victories it has won in defense of the Second Amendment under Heston's leadership.

And never mind the Michael Moore interview. Moore took advantage of a man clearly past his prime and used him as grist for his propaganda mill. I think Heston's legacy as an advocate for civil rights and the Second Amendment will easily stand the test of time.

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