LETTER: 2nd Amendment is as relevant in 2018 as when it was written

To Ozaukee Press:

While technology has not left civilian firearms behind, most of it is cosmetic.

The basic one round fired per trigger pull has not changed since the Second Amendment was adopted, guaranteeing that 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.”

It is not about hunting or self-defense; the founding fathers knew that it was the blood of well-trained (regulated) civilians that bought our freedom from the British crown.

If I throw a rock through a window, or take a bat to a vehicle, or drive drunk and kill someone, society will rightly hold me responsible.

But if someone misuses a firearm, the left immediately blames the inanimate object, not the operator of it.

I think they know that a well armed citizenry would be a deterrent to any dictator’s attempt to take over, be they far right or far left.

Any dictator disarms their people real quickly.

As another fellow said, the government is not protecting us as it is, how will more laws help?

They will just hinder the law-abiding folks.

What we need is a legal system that puts some teeth in the laws already on the books.

Until the cost of doing business gets too high, criminals will keep at it.

We may have to agree to disagree.

A recent letter to the editor by Father Guy Gurath calling for gun control said the people will pick America’s next leaders. 

Let’s hope they do that based on knowledge, not emotion.

Thank you to the editors for letting all of us who have expressed our thoughts on gun violence, both for and against gun control measures, in letters to Ozaukee Press exercise our First Amendment right of free speech.

Tim Vander Waal
Cedar Grove


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