JACOB E. DAVIS: How do we decide which rights to protect?
February 20, 2013 3:00 PM

I would like to respond to Stephanie Porter’s Feb. 13 letter “Paranoia on the question of gun control.”

Ms. Porter wrote that the Second Amendment “states that militias have a right to bear arms like law enforcement.” I feel it necessary to quote, not paraphrase 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.

There is nothing in the Second Amendment stating “in case they would need to use their guns in situations of arresting criminals.” The amendment states that we, as United States citizens, have the right to bear arms. Period.

Also appearing in the Bill of Rights is the First Amendment:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

There is no mention of the word “privilege” that Ms. Porter used in her letter. She has the privilege of being able to write her letter because she was granted that right by our Founding Fathers, under the First Amendment. Does she propose now that we pick and choose which of our rights are protected?

Would it be OK with her if authorities entered and searched her home without consent anytime they wish? How about being forced to feed someone other than her family with no control over it?

I suggest that Ms. Porter go back and do some research on the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Maybe she’ll realize that our founding fathers weren’t being “paranoid.”

If we give up one right (not privilege), Ms. Porter, where will it end?

Jacob E. Davis


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