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Letter: Don't let vigilantism dictate rights

4:26 PM, May 3, 2013  |  Comments
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Last week the president went to Connecticut to talk about the First Amendment principles. The right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

The right to life is self-evident, so said our forefathers. Rights can come into conflict with other rights. My right to swing my fist ends where your nose begins. The right to bear arms, if it is to be interpreted as an individual right, means the right of Nancy Lanza to bear arms and share with her gravely disturbed son. Their rights came into conflict with 26 in an elementary school. Exercising their right to life and liberty, these victims were exactly where they were supposed to be.

There are limits to all rights. The government's job is to balance those rights, and the government is now populated by some who hold the right to bear arms higher than the right to life. I call on our legislators to show one iota of courage that the educators of that elementary school showed.

At a gun rally in that same state last week a group gathered. Stewart Rhodes of Montana Oath Keepers argued that civilians should have weapons of war. He said, "You tell them it is a weapon of war and it is supposed to be in my hands. We are supposed to have the same military capacity as any infantry squad."

Let's call them what they are: Vigilantes.

Jody Hurrish

Stevens Point

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