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June 9, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Guns in parks

Join the militia

Please carefully read the first 13 words of the Second Amendment:

“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.”

All persons carrying loaded weapons into our National Parks shall immediately report to the forest ranger for their duty assignment. We must have a well-regulated organization of people bearing arms to help protect innocent visitors from violent crimes and danger.

A hundred people, each carrying a loaded weapon, is not a well-regulated group if they are randomly wandering around the park.

If you do not want to report for duty with your loaded firearm, it must not be loaded.

The National Rifle Association preaches and strongly lobbies that the Second Amendment must be upheld to allow each of us the right to keep and bear arms. Each of us should have that right on our own property. However, that right should not infringe on the rights of people on property that we jointly own. Both groups of people own the National Parks.

Each of our rights carries a responsibility. Our responsibility is to be part of a well-regulated militia.

— Jim Ehnborn, Graham

A nation of vigilantes

I once read an article on the psychology of gun ownership. It said people who own guns firstly see themselves as the good guys who feel a need to protect themselves. Over time that need expands to one’s immediate family and then others around them. They start to become paranoid and see danger everywhere.

They read of a bear spotted in an urban area and assume extremely dangerous bears are everywhere. Of course, other people are suspect and potentially bad guys that everyone needs protection from. Of course, it is the bad guys who are trying to take the guns away from the good guys. Unfortunately, the pro-gun letters I have read all fit in nicely to this idea and I have to laugh when I read these brilliant letters.

Ours is the most violent of the industrialized nations in the world. We have more people in prison than any other country, including Russia. Weapons do not lessen violence, they exacerbate it. Suicides, homicides and accidental shootings cause far more pain and death than defensive shootings.

Are we a nation of laws or are we a nation of vigilantes? The gun industry, through its money, influence and simplistic thinking, are behind the spiraling down of our culture. To paraphrase a worn out adage: “When grenade launchers are outlawed only outlaws will have grenade launchers.”

— Jack Pedigo, Seattle

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