GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

Letters/My View

February 1, 2013

Letter: The difference between gun rights and gun laws

To the editor:

This is an open letter to President Obama.

Dear Mr. President,

This is in reference to plans to reduce gun violence in the wake of the tragic shooting in Connecticut on the state and federal level, as well as the president invoking executive orders.

I believe these laws and executive orders that you are proposing are unconstitutional in the extreme and can only be a misinterpretation of the Second Amendment.

There are laws, and then there are rights. Laws are passed, due in large part, to the current take on morality. Rights, as enumerated in the Bill of Rights, are ageless. It does not take an intelligent person to read the Bill of Rights and realize that they transcend moral behavior.

Our Founding Fathers realized that moral behavior, current trends and future misgivings may very well change the face of law in this country. Rights, however, should never change.

Our Founding Fathers knew this. The Bill of Rights was written so that no matter the time, their importance would remain resolute. These rights are inalienable.

When it comes to a point that we allow our politicians to decide which of our rights are important and which are not, we risk the freedoms of our children. It is our children who will suffer this folly.

People can kill people by whatever means they have at their disposal. Firearms laws simply remove the law-abiding citizens’ ability to defend themselves, not the criminals’.

I invoke my Second Amendment right to arm myself with the most effective firearms currently available if for no reason other than to guarantee my children’s future. I will leave their future freedoms in no one’s hands but my own.

Let there be no mistake about the mindset of the people who drafted and signed the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution:

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Letters/My View

NDN Video
Man Accuses 'X-Men' Director Bryan Singer of Sexually Abusing Him As a Teenager Lea Michele & Naya Rivera Feuding? Don't Be A Tattletale: Bad Bullying Tips For Students Jabari Parker declares for the NBA draft Singing Nun Belts Out Cyndi Lauper Swim Daily, Throwback Thursday The trillest thoughts on marijuana "RHOA" Star Charged With Battery Grizzly Bears Get Snowy Birthday Party Weatherman draws forecast when another technical glitch strikes WGN Elizabeth Olsen's Sexy Shoot Bay Area Teen Gets Prom Date With Help From 'Breaking Bad' Star Boston Bomb Scare Defendant Appears in Court Behind The Tanlines Jersey Strong Part 1 WATCH: Women Fight To Marry Prince Harry! Jenny McCarthy Engaged to "New Kid" Kate and Will Land in Oz O’Reilly Launches Preemptive Strike Against CBS Pixar Unveils Easter Eggs From its Biggest Movies Baby Sloths Squeak for Their Cuddle Partners in Adorable Video