LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Second Amendment is not above regulating
I am so tired of this ridiculous gun control debate!
I can’t speak for all liberal/progressives, but I myself do not want all the guns rounded up by having the police go door to door taking them away. If people want to own a rifle, or a shot gun for hunting, then by all means enjoy. If you would like a pistol for personal protection, go through the steps, get a permit, and enjoy.
However, if you want to be able to fire 30 or more rounds before you have to reload, sorry, the only reason for that is mass murder. If you want an assault rifle the fires several rounds with one pull of the trigger, or even a semi-automatic weapon that fires with every trigger pull, then again, sorry, no legitimate reason there either.
Now for those right-wing National Rifle Association types that think just because the “founding fathers” said you can have a musket to form a WELL REGULATED MILIT IA means that you have some god given right to own any weapon you so choose I say, poppycock (sorry for the strong language)! As you may know, part of the First Amendment is freedom of speech, a very important right we would all agree. Now I ask, can you yell “FIRE!” in a crowded theater when there is none and claim your freedom of speech as protection from prosecution? Of course not. Another part of the First Amendment is the right to peaceably assemble. Can you peaceably assemble with say several thousand people on Main Street in your local community? Not without a permit.
What I am trying to point out is that there are other amendments that we regulate with an eye toward the common good, why does the NRA think the Second Amendment alone is above this?
I’ve read articles on County Sheriffs in other parts of the country refusing to enforce what they consider to be “unconstitutional” gun control laws. Did I miss the part of the constitution that says the Supreme Court and Locally elected law enforcement get to decide what is and what is not constitutional?
The way I see it is unless someone suggests taking all guns from everyone, then there is no violation of the Second Amendment, which may, or may not mean what the NRA says it does, but that’s for the Supreme Court, and I guess your sheriff to decide.
MICHAEL SPEZZANO SR.