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THERE'S  A RATIONAL REASON TO CARRY A GUN IN A  RESTAURANT; PROFESSOR'S CRITICISM OF PROPOSED LEGISLATION  WAS SILLY BYLINE:  MARK E. TODD SECTION:  EDITORIAL; Pg. A15 LENGTH:  762 words PROFESSOR Sam G. Riley ("Virginia is for lovers? Hooligans? Gunslingers?," Feb. 20  Commentary page) sounds like an adequate educator in communication studies. He certainly has  mastered the arts of hyperbole and satire. But does he teach his students open and honest debate  of the facts, rather than relying on emotional tirades? Let's look closer at the issues he brought up  in his essay.  First he chastises Virginia's General Assembly for bringing up legislation pertaining to concealed  carry of handguns, saying there are "more important issues afoot." In our form of government, representatives address issues that are important to their constituents.  The gun ban in restaurants has been a concern for a number of people ever since the legislature  instituted it. He asks, "Does anyone have a real need to enter a restaurant packing heat?" and then  proceeds to rattle off a number of inane scenarios ("Steak arrives overcooked: shoot waiter in  foot").  Perhaps U.S. Rep. Suzanne Gratia-Hupp could best answer his question of who "needs" to carry a 
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This note was uploaded on 08/15/2011 for the course COMM 1015 taught by Professor Dhyoung during the Spring '07 term at Virginia Tech.

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