LETTER: Second Amendment letter lacks corroborating facts

Feb. 16, 2013 @ 04:58 AM

To the Editor:

I would like to respond to the letter submitted by Mr. Thomas K. Spence Jr.

Let me start by examining the Second Amendment as it is explicitly written, “A well- regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, and shall not be infringed.”

You allege in your letter that the Second Amendment did not concern itself with the recreational uses of firearms, or even the matter of defending one’s home and property — only the preservation of a free state against the threat of domestic and foreign enemies. What you seem to overlook is the implication that it is the right of the people to keep and bear arms, and that this right shall not be infringed upon.

Furthermore, you contend, “Local law enforcement agencies no longer need well-armed citizens to carry out their initiatives.” I challenge you to poll local leaders and law enforcement agencies about the means necessitated to keep our communities safe. The letter asserts that “Public safety is not enhanced by the proliferation of rapid-fire automatic weapons in the community.”

I myself have never seen any automatic weapons in our respective community. They have been banned for sale and manufacture since 1986. They were banned under House Amendment 777 to H.R. 4332.

Avid gun enthusiasts and those who purchase firearms for the purposes of both safety and sport can attest that there are plenty of effective controls to regulate the sale and distribution of weapons, such as background checks and the attainment of permits.

Finally, in response to your presumptive comments with regard to the preamble to the Constitution, I would like to note that this document begins with the phrase “We the people” and not “We the government.” Your letter suggests that the level of gun violence in the U.S is among the highest in comparison to other civilized nations. However, the reality is that countries with increased levels of gun control policies rank higher in terms of violent crimes resulting from guns. To even further support this evidence, the poster city of Chicago for gun control has already seen 50 homicides since Jan. 1, all committed with firearms.

I urge you that before you attempt to push your agenda on an impressionable audience, please educate yourself with binding and corroborating facts that support your cause.

Jonathan Gonia