Letters to the Editor

Your views in 200 words or less

Tag: Second Amendment

April
23rd

GUNS: Rights aren’t limited to founders’ era

Re: “Support access to 18th-century weapons” (letter, 4-23).

The writer suggests limiting gun ownership to what existed when the Second Amendment was written.

Does he feel this way about the other amendments? Should email, telephones and the Internet in general be banned? Should books and magazines only be printed using 18th-century technology?

The framers did not say the right was limited to muzzle-loading, single-shot weapons. I’m all for banning machine guns, cannons and bazookas along with guns for the incompetent. I’m all for a short waiting period and background check.

I do not need an 11-, 16- or 31-round

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April
22nd

GUNS: Congress stands idle while Americans die

On 9/11, nearly 3,000 people died. As a result, our government launched two wars at a cost, according to a Harvard study, of $4 trillion to $6 trillion. In 2012, approximately 32,000 Americans died from gun violence. As a result of those deaths, our government has done nothing.

After the 9/11 deaths, Congress passed major legislation which, according to critics, undermines the Bill of Rights and legally allows governmental intrusion into citizens’ privacy. Congress also created Homeland Security, which daily affects thousands of Americans.

After the 2012 gun deaths, Congress cannot even pass a law requiring gun purchaser background checks

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April
22nd

GUNS: Silly argument against background checks

Re: “Senators ignore American public on background checks” (editorial, 4-19).

The fact that Congress was unable to pass a bill simply expanding background checks for gun purchases, following the massacre of 20 young children, is disheartening and shameful. The idea that we shouldn’t pass any level of gun reform whatsoever because criminals don’t obey laws is an absurd logic, and it would never be an acceptable argument against any form of crime reduction not directly related to guns.

There will always be people who drive drunk, steal, burglarize, manufacture drugs, commit arson, rape, kill, etc. So does that mean

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April
22nd

GUNS: Support for checks depends on the question

I find it ironic that The News Tribune feels that our senators ignored the American public (editorial, 4-19). I’m a strong Second Amendment supporter who took the time to contact my representatives over the course of this debate. I personally received responses from our officials in Washington, D.C., and locally here in Washington State. I was not ignored.

I really have to question the often-cited figure that 90 percent of Americans support background checks. Most Americans can’t agree on what they want for dinner, let alone agree on something as volatile as religion, abortion or gun control. A CNN

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April
22nd

GUNS: Support access to muzzle-loaded weapons

I am all for the Second Amendment as it is written – to include the part about the “Well Regulated Militia” (whatever that is), just so long as the application is limited to the technology of the time that it was written. That is to say, muzzle-loaded, single-shot weapons.

There is no way the authors of the Constitution could possibly have envisioned the weaponry of today. They are clearly outside the scope of the Second Amendment and should be regulated and/or banned as necessary to protect the population.

Lest this seem extreme, machine guns, cannons, bazookas, etc., are banned. Where

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April
18th

GUNS: Background checks don’t infringe on rights

Re: “Senate rejects background checks, other gun measures” (TNT, 4-18).

I can’t believe the comments I heard about the bill in the Senate that would have required background checks on all gun purchases.

One commenter stated that this law would not have prevented the Sandy Hook tragedy. It might not have but it could prevent a future one.

Another made a statement about it infringing on his Second Amendment rights. Where in the Second Amendment does it state that it is illegal to require a background check? Law-abiding individuals would be able to buy all the guns they wish; it

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Jan.
25th

GUNS: Real agenda more than ‘assault weapons’

Re: “Good luck taking on the US military” (letter, 1-24).

The problem is that due to complacency of many citizens of this once great country, many have lost sight of what our founding fathers could see when they wrote the Constitution (to include the Second Amendment).

I am saddened that the current administration is using these unspeakable events at Sandy Hook Elementary School and other recent places to further its political agenda. If that were not the case, the administration would be attacking the mental health issue and the violent movies and video games with at least as much

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Jan.
23rd

CONSTITUTION: Concern for rights is inconsistent

Why is our respect for the Constitution only partisan deep?

Over the last 11 years, I’ve noticed that people only respect the Constitution when it fits their parties’ political motives. When the Patriot Act was passed, so many left-leaning citizens were outraged over the infringement of their constitutional rights to due process. After Barack Obama was elected, I didn’t hear a peep from the left about the National Defense Authorization Act, which is just as damaging to our rights as the Patriot Act, if not worse.

Then the folks on the right started preaching that the Affordable Care Act is

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