2013-01-17 / Views

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,

I have been a member of the NRA for over 30 years. The NRA does not promote “people shooting games” (i.e. paintball or video), but firearm safety.

The NRA does lobby for the preservation of our second amendment, of which I believe to be the pillar of the bill of rights. It’s number two for a reason.

America’s founders knew what was needed to keep tyranny from creeping into our new government, human nature being what it is.

We Americans are still free citizens, not subjects or as (England, China, North Korea, Iran, Syria, take your pick) others in the world awaken to find themselves.

Americans have more firearms now than any time in history, it’s true.

Forty-eight states now permit concealed carry. Violent crimes are at a 40, that’s 40, year low. It doesn’t take much thought to understand the correlation between the two.

There will always be bad, mean, evil people, as long as man walks the earth. In a society that permits trained responsible citizens to arm themselves the predators are more hesitant to pounce, hence a reduction in violent crime.

It’s that simple.

Firearms save more lives than they take, with figures more than ten to one. Every lawful citizen benefits from those who go about their business armed.

I understand of all of Denver’s movie theaters only one had a sign declaring “No Concealed Carry Allowed”, we know which one the predator picked out.

A society that has allowed itself to become desensitized of the sanctity of human life by the media and government, combined with the neglected mental health services in our country should not be overly surprised by the results that ensue.

The stand your own ground law? Love it. Why should we have to hope there is time to make it to the nearest hole like some hunted rabbit? If you think it is safer where lawful citizens are denied self protection, check out Chicago.

Crooks don’t care about laws, never have, and being crooks they never will.

Consider the fact that any device that sends an object forcibly in a controlled direction can be called an assault weapon. Farfetched? Watch out what you wish for. Some day your bolt action rifle could end up in the melting pot, for there are those who still see it, as I do, for what it was, and still is ... an assault rifle. Oh no? Check out England, you’d be arrested.

P.S. Hang on to your guns and religion, there is nothing wrong with either.

David Kasun

Manistique

Dear Editor,

I am very saddened that we appear to be rushing to make more laws infringing on the inherent right to own guns. More laws don’t fix anything and will not prevent murder. This move, by I would hope, well meaning individuals is anathema to all that our founding fathers and framers of our Constitution ever stood for. Please see the excerpts from some of them:

“I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people, except for a few public officials.” – George Mason in debates in Virginia Convention on Ratification of the Constitution, Elliot, Vol. 3, June 16, 178.

“Whereas civil-rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as military forces, which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.” – Tench Coxe, in Remarks on the First Part of the Amendments to the Federal Constitution.

“The best we can hope for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed.” – Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers at 185-188.

Roy D. Shankel

Manistique

Dear Editor,

Hooray for the John Birch Society and the National Rifle Association for demanding that our school teachers be armed to protect our children by using their U.S. Constitutional gun rights and armed guards. If the teachers had been routinely armed in the past decades, it’s obvious that the killings and the casualties would have been reduced by at least 90 percent. However, our leaders and the police wouldn’t allow our teachers to be armed and by doing so they have directly violated our Constitution that they have sworn to uphold and facilitated the horrible death and destruction. They should be investigated and prosecuted for such acts against our children. We should support the John Birch Society and the NRA in their efforts to arm our teachers and protect our children, and if the teachers bring their own guns, it will cost nothing.

Ed Nemecheck

Landers, Calif.

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