Pol Pot’s power
The writer of the April 21 letter “Protection from despots” believes the rise of Pol Pot in Cambodia in the 1970s is a good reason to oppose the Senate bill requiring background checks to purchase firearms.
If only the people of Cambodia had more weapons, they could have defended themselves, his argument goes. Actually, Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge took over Cambodia as part of a power struggle during a time of chaos, and they were the well-armed citizens who got their hands on enough weapons, overthrew their government and then murdered millions of their fellow countrymen.
Maybe if Cambodia had background checks, nuts like Pol Pot would have never been able to come to power.