Letters to the Editor for Jan. 30, 2013
Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 28, 2013 at 5:54 p.m.
Proud to wave flag
Don Lutz (Sun, Jan. 26) has the privilege of speaking with disdain about the USA because of the dedication of many throughout history. Those serving in our military and law enforcement work at great risk so we may enjoy freedoms unknown in many other countries.
Most would agree that improvements can be made to our nation and we should strive to be better. It does, however, say a lot that thousands choose to come to the USA every year from other countries.
Lutz seems to have a problem with people waving the flag. Well, I will wave the flag with great pride and respect whenever I please. I'm pretty sure that most proud Americans will do the same.
I'm also certain that your exit to another country isn't unlawful, so go right ahead. You might find that the USA isn't quite as bad as you think.
Bans don't work
U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho's defense of the Second Amendment is in accordance with his sworn duty to protect the U.S. Constitution. The Sandy Hook incident has sparked a fear-based reaction where too many Americans are suddenly willing to infringe on their neighbor's lawful right to personal security.
Just as alcohol abuse is related to a huge health burden and the predictable “collateral damage” of manslaughter, the 18th Amendment (prohibition) was repealed when it failed to reduce consumption but created a black market for bootleg formulas that could backfire to kill or blind the user.
The best way to guarantee a black market for AK-47s and grenade launchers in America is to allow Congress to infringe on the right to bear arms that are sufficiently dangerous as to deter any more federal tyranny. Americans have already suffered under the Patriot Act, National Defense Authorization Act and more draconian legislation to come.
Track guns with chips
Computer chips should be designed to be installed in guns. If they are stolen, they would be easily located. I know the impact of the gun is powerful, but I still believe there should be a way to track guns if they are stolen immediately.
Amendment is clear
At the time the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was written, the primary assault weapons used by military infantry units were muskets, flintlock pistols, bayonets and swords. These were the same weapons owned by the common man, who used them to defend his homestead and ultimately to arm the regulars and militias that defeated the forces of King George III and overthrew his government in the American colonies.
The founders of our nation, and the framers of the Constitution, were revolutionary warriors who made no distinction between military and civilian weapons. The Second Amendment contains no language that speaks to the number or type of weapons that the people may possess, nor the number or type of ammunition. It states, in plain and simple language, “... the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
Our therapy dogs, Mulligan and Lilly, seemed insulted by Robert Williams' letter (Sun, Jan. 26) that compared dogs to congressmen.
These doodles worked every single week this past year, including Christmas Day, visiting residents and patients at assisted living and rehabilitation facilities. No extended, paid vacations for them! While they do get a lot of attention, they just walk quietly and do their “jobs.” They're paw-fect!
Dennis R. Wyant,