This is in response to your Our View editorial of Friday, Feb.1. There's been a lot of talk about the Second Amendment, and gun control. You were correct. The most argued points are the debate over assault weapons and magazine capacity.
We, on the Right, are constantly fighting the language of the Left. Whether, it's President Obama's definition of the middle class (a topic for later discussion) or the Left's insistence there is no difference between fully-automatic and semi-automatic weapons. The A.R.-15 used in Newtown was not a fully-automatic rifle. There really was no difference between that weapon and any other semi-automatic rifle used by hunters, except looks.
Did you know the Second Amendment is not the only amendment that is under assault? Progressives always try to restrict the rights they don't like. The First Amendment gives us the right of free speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly and freedom of religious tolerance. It's Liberals in this country that want to adopt a fairness doctrine to restrict talk radio, and they are the ones that turned "freedom of religion" into "freedom from religion." The fight over gun rights is just another arm of the battle between Right and Left.
My argument here today is over need. The language of the Left is that we don't need a gun that holds 30 rounds of ammo, or we don't need a gun like the A.R.-15. I totally reject that argument. Need has nothing to do with it. Nobody knows what they will need when the unthinkable happens. It is our right as law abiding citizens to own such things. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights laid down those rights for us.
We can, and should debate the penalty for crimes committed with a gun or ways to get guns out of the hands of people who are mentally ill. Although, as long as we are innocent until proven guilty in this country, we can't just give away some rights because someone else thinks we don't need them.
If the Liberals want to appeal the Second Amendment, our founding fathers set down rules that can be followed to do just that. That was the brilliance of the Constitution. They knew that times and technology would change, but the amendment process was meant to be done in the open. If they can get two thirds of the states to agree with them, they can do it. That process involves the whole country, not just an imperial president and his or her minions in the media.
Why do Liberals always seem to know what's best for us? They say we don't need fatty foods, or we don't need to drive an SUV, or they think they know how much money we really need. The next time someone tells you what you really don't need, that is still legal, just repeat over and over again, "Need has nothing to do with it."
Don't let anyone talk you out of your rights. Liberals never give up any of the rights they agree with. Treat them as the bullies they are, and just ignore them. Freedom is a precious thing, and when we let them frame the argument, we get steamrolled. If we let them define need, gun rights aren't the last rights we are going to lose.
Mark Paul lives in Vesper.