I’m writing in response to the Jan. 11 letter, “Common sense and the right to bear arms,” by Stephen Davis. Let’s do some fact checks.
It has only been 221 years since the Bill of Rights was ratified. Mr. Davis said “more than 230 years ago.” The process began March 4, 1789, and ended with ratification Dec. 15, 1791.
The FBI says gun violence is declining. Mr. Davis said “gun violence is of epidemic proportions.” Mr. Davis is winning me over. It must be the big words he likes to use.
I have a challenge for Mr. Davis. Since he seems to be so anti-gun, he should put a sign in his front yard that declares his home to be a gun-free zone. If he lives in an apartment or condo, he could put it on his door. Then from time to time, he can get back to us and let us know how that is working for him.
Let me break down the Second Amendment: “A well-regulated (provisioned or armed) militia (anyone over 18 and under 45 unless you want to if you are older), being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people (you and I) to keep (own) and bear (keep on your person) arms (it doesn’t say hunting rifles or shotguns only) shall not be infringed (not to be modified).”
We have the right to keep ARs and what we call AKs in case we are called to help stop an internal tyrannical government or some other tyrannical government from invading our country. We the people have to be the guardians of our nation.
Edward A. Doolin