Letters to the editor

Apr. 28, 2013 @ 08:06 PM

Background checks not a constitutional requirement

The current gun debate has caused people to focus on the U.S. Constitution. It is important to take a close and long look at the constitution’s guarantee to gun owners and people who want to obtain a gun or guns. The Second Amendment reads: “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

People have the right to purchase and carry a gun. The Second Amendment does not require people to have a background check to obtain a gun purchase permit and a gun carry permit. That infringes on people’s Second Amendment rights. Some states and counties are now violating Second Amendment rights.

The only way to change the constitution is to amend it. If additional unconstitutional gun laws are enacted by Congress, that could create a very large black market for guns in the United States. Illegal guns will flow across our borders.

Guns are not the problem; people are the problem. A person who wants to kill another person will find a way to kill, with a knife, a bomb, a baseball bat, fire, an automobile or an airplane. Many people have an evil nature. That is why people need guns.

Obama, some in Congress and in the news media are exploiting the killing of children and the sorrow and grief of their parents for liberal unethical advantage. That is shameful and disgusting.

 

James Hardy

Hillsborough

 

Why endure government betrayal?

What has happened to “government FOR the people?” Why has it become the government for the re-election strategies of politicians? Why do we continue to endure this betrayal?

It saddens me that the collapse of the Communist concept has been replaced with the despicable example of greedy capitalist bankers, financiers, and politicians. 

Just when capitalism and democracy should be the gleaming ideal examples for the world, the US is tragically sinking into a quagmire of its own making. 

We are falling behind in literacy, life expectancy, access to health care, infant mortality, voting rights and open paths to the pursuit of happiness. 

Have we forgotten the gaps between rich and poor that spurred the European revolutions of the 19th and 20th centuries? 

What has happened to government FOR the people?

 

Maureen Johnson

Durham