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This response to Jonathan Thompson's essay is not about the right to bear arms and the purpose of firearms (HCN, 9/3/07). (I do bear arms and I hunt with firearms.) Rather, it is more about the changing West. Thompson's encounter with the Lexus-driving "bird man" reminds me of the sneer I got when I drove up to the gas station pumps in my 1979 Jeep with Hank Williams singing out of the speakers. Next to me pumping gas into his Mercedes was a gentrified "New West" fellow. The sneer on his face clearly told me that Hank Williams was not on his musical menu. The West is being ruined by the gentry.

Tom Taylor
Mesa, Arizona

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