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February 20, 2013

Letter: Need is mental health reform, not gun control

To the editor:

Sadly, U.S. History is not taught to the same level it once was. As a result, we tend to make some mistakes that our previous generations avoided.

I believe we can all agree that “Those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it” is just as valid today as it was back in 1905 when originally stated.

The founders of this country worked hard to create the Constitution and Bill of Rights that works well for most. They did not randomly create these documents, but researched past civilizations to determine what worked and didn’t. They relied heavily on such masterpieces as “The Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith. They read, argued and critiqued the thinking of the likes of John Locke, Thomas Hooker, Polybius, Cicero, Coke, Montesquieu and Blackstone.

Our founding fathers were successful in putting together the Law of the Land that insured the rights of the individual and the populace as well. They also made provisions to amend the Constitution when needed. As it should be, it is difficult but has been routinely done 33 times.

Because it is not that easy, a rash popular politician cannot easily change the Constitution without the public fully understanding the consequences — or a very emotional situation cannot justify ill thought out actions or laws that ultimately hurt us all. Nevertheless, if enough citizens want to amend the Constitution, our founding fathers were wise enough to incorporate that provision into the Constitution as well. Two thirds of Congress and three quarters of the states have to ratify any changes.

The founding fathers did not make a mistake when they put in the Second Amendment. They were well aware of what power will do to the people in government even when they had good intentions. Absolute power does corrupt absolutely. It is well documented that our founding fathers believed this would hold in check any radicals’ attempt to take away our rights.

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