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Letter to the Editor
Friday, May 10, 2013, 8:57 p.m.

Gun sense

In his April 27 opinion piece “Protecting citizen's rights,” Lowman S. Henry misleads, obliquely urging citizens to rise up against the United States for fear the government might try to “get us.” The U.N. Arms Trade Treaty only restricts sales of certain specific types of weapons.

While deciding to ratify the Constitution, the North had concerns about establishing a standing army and wanted well-regulated citizen-militias, instead, to continue in defense of the states and nation. The South wanted its militias to remain, to fight when needed, but usually to help recover escaped slaves. Remember, Thomas Jefferson kept slaves all his life because they provided him profit, “the price of Liberty” notwithstanding. “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State ...” was the first part of the result.

We now have a standing military. So much for the concerns of the North. As a result of the Civil War, we no longer — thankfully — accept slavery or the right to own slaves. So much for the concerns of the South.

I do not believe that a private citizen should own military-style weaponry nor an armory of weapons. A background check to vet the criminal and insane with a waiting period to hinder those quick to anger seems to be common sense to me.

Let's find the points of rational regulation and agree to laws and enforcement to protect everybody from the violence of madmen and criminals.

Bud Santimyer


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