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Audie Cornish and Melissa Block read emails from listeners about gun rights and gnomes popping up in Oakland.


It's time now for your comments. First, on a story from Wednesday's program about a Virginia man who caused a stir by walking into a grocery store with a loaded rifle. He was also carrying a note saying he was exercising his Second Amendment rights. The man was not arrested because Virginia allows citizens to openly carry weapons, something supported by the advocacy group,

JOHN PIERCE: We're treating gun owners like some kind of criminal. What the Open Carry movement is trying to do is to normalize the presence of firearms in daily life.

CORNISH: Many of you found that notion expressed by Open Carry's founder John Pierce troubling. Aris Cleanthous of Baltimore, Maryland writes: There is nothing normal about the presence of firearms in daily life, Mr. Pierce. I respect your right to own and bear arms, but please respect my right to live in a peaceful, non-violent environment.


To a different story now about thousands of gnomes popping up around Oakland, California. The six-inch, hand-painted wooden variety. I talked with the man behind the little men.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Down on Third Avenue, there's a tattoo shop. The gnomes in front of that shop, one has an anchor tattooed on his arm, one has a heart tattooed on his arm. There's a section down by the water. Each of the gnomes there are in Bermuda shorts with tattoos as well.

BLOCK: The story made many of you smile, including Karen Grube of Corona, Indiana who writes: It is so refreshing to hear a feel-good story like the gnomes of Oakland and the creator who wants to remain anonymous. But you really missed the perfect line, the creator wishes to remain un-gnome.

CORNISH: Well, punny or not, we enjoy your letters. You can write us at Just click on Contact Us at the bottom of the page.



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