In a letter to the editor, Jan. 11, “Common sense and the right to bear arms,” Stephen Davis spouts nonsense and calls it common sense.
He claims Article V of the Constitution proves that the Founders intended the Constitution to be a living document. That argument would render invalid the entire Constitution. The opposite is true.
The Bill of Rights was adopted two years after ratification of the Constitution and provided definition to the Constitution’s intent. The intent clearly was that the Constitution be the foundation of America’s house of freedom and opportunity, and to ensure that fundamental rights would be retained by the people and the states. It was to be changed only by amendment using a very difficult process; not Mr. Davis’ opinion or that of any other person.
The primary reason for the Second Amendment was to guarantee the right of citizens to protect themselves and the nation against a federal “standing army” under the control of a despotic leader, to prevent the return to the type of oppression shown by King George III, just as we are seeing today.
President Barack Obama has authorized legislation (in the Affordable Care Act) to create a million-person armed nonmilitary organization. He has authorized arming of “regulators,” he has used the threat of terrorism to take due process rights away from the American people. The federal government has purchased huge amounts of 40-caliber hollow point bullets for federal nonmilitary employees.
When a situation develops that is “kill or be killed,” a citizen does have the right to protect himself and his family by “shooting first.” Mr. Davis’ colorful words like “heinous” and “draconian” don’t change that. Gun violence is not of epidemic proportions. Media coverage makes it so. We are a nation of more than 300 million people. Disturbed people kill with explosives, by arson, poison and many other means. Gun incidents are used by anti-gun folks and government to strip away the ability of Americans to protect themselves, their families and the nation.
Mr. Davis’ “common sense” solution to the difficulty of controlling murderously disturbed people is to throw the baby out with the bath water. Great rhetoric. But his common sense is not factual. More fantasy than sense. Nonsense.