LETTER: Criminals don't wait for permits

Feb. 28, 2013 @ 04:59 AM

To the Editor:

I would like to clarify to Mr. [Neil] Rotter (Letter to Editor, Feb. 21) that I never left out anything about the militia in my letter. The Second Amendment states, “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Our forefather's militia was never a “state” organization, or it would have been called the military. The definition of militia is: Defense activity or service, to protect a community, its territory, property, and laws; the entire able-bodied population of a community, town, county, or state, available to be called to arms.

From the beginning of the country until now, this meant any able-bodied man who could carry a rifle. If you notice in the Second Amendment, there is a comma and it continues “and the right of the PEOPLE to keep and bear arms, shall NOT be infringed.” I don't think [Rotter] understands that PEOPLE means EVERYONE. He conveniently ignores the “right of the people” part.

I would also like to invite [Rotter] to go to a gun show or a respected gun shop and try to purchase a firearm. It's pretty evident that he has never tried. Otherwise, he would know there are already extensive background checks in place, even at gun shows. I also promise there isn't a firearms dealer in this great state who is willing to compromise his license to sell without a background check or a purchase permit issued from the sheriff's department of any county a buyer resides in.

Mr. Rotter should also test his fears and attempt to purchase an M-1 that he used in his ROTC days. I bet [Rotter] will finally be able to see the strong measures already in place. Of course, what [Rotter] doesn't understand is these measures are followed only by law-abiding citizens. Criminals usually don't wait for permits.

Citizens should become educated before pushing a left-wing agenda on the impressionable public. Mr. Rotter’s knowledge concerning purchases at gun shows or shops in this state is incorrect. If [Rotter] isn’t happy in North Carolina, I wish him well as he is welcome to travel back to NY where the some of the strictest gun laws in the nation reside. And where just in NYC alone there were 414 homicides last year.

Jonathan Gonia

Sanford