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Take away Second Amendment rights but leave Roe v. Wade?

Updated: March 1, 2013 7:08PM



Take away Second Amendment rights but leave Roe v. Wade?

Reported murders in the U.S. for the year 2011 are as follows. By:

“Assault” weapons: 323

Claw hammers: 496

Butcher knives: 650

Drunken drivers: 12,000

Abortion: 1,200,000

Jan. 22 was the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, whereby most abortions are now legal.

Since 1973, more than 55,000,000 innocent, unborn human babies have been murdered by this heinous act — abortion. This is America’s Holocaust. This number is equal to more than one-sixth of the current U.S. population.

Yet the leftist liberals — beginning with President Obama, Illinois Gov. Quinn, Chicago Mayor Emanuel — are bent on taking away the Second Amendment rights of law-aiding citizens.

But they are content with Roe v. Wade just the way it is. Where is the outcry for the unborn human babies?

L. Dean Hufsey

Elgin

Militia mindset seen amid some Second Amendment claims

It is amazing when some people pick and choose what to believe the Founders intended with the Constitution. Would these “strict constructionists” have us revert to slavery and no women voting rights — both of which our Founders originally codified?

The Constitution is a living document, which is adapted over time and not frozen in the 18th century. The list of changes made to “original intent” also includes changes to age 18 voting, income tax, poll tax, popular voting for senators, etc. The real genius of the Constitution is that it is not static — and was never intended to be.

Regarding the Second Amendment, in the same sentence it says “a well regulated militia” is the reason for the right “to keep and bear arms.” Do gun owners claim to be part of any organized, recognized militia? Leaving that part of an argument aside, the “well regulated” portion has certainly been lacking, in that it is easier to buy and sell guns than it is to buy and sell cars or obtain a driver’s license. The unregulated, unregistered gun markets and resales must be addressed.

More troubling, letter writers reveal their real objective, which is not necessarily the justifiable self or home protection or hunting and sport, but rather being part of some unregulated shadow force armed as heavily as the police or the Army. They stretch credible gun rights to include police-killing armor-piercing bullets, assault weapons and high-volume magazines. There is a fault line between reasonable personal arms and unknown quasi-armies with unreasonable overkill. Given the stunning disparity in gun violence between the USA and the rest of the Western world, a national conversation and reassessment on the subject is past due.

K. Hartman

Aurora



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