In response to the May 2 letter on “Sanity and the Second Amendment,” I offer the following:
The writer says we need Second Amendment sanity, not abuse of the amendment.
Well, what is the amendment? It is the description and enumerating of a natural right. The right to bear arms is not a right given to us by our forefathers or any other man. It is a right endowed upon us by our creator.
It is something that has always existed, just as the rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Notice that the right is to pursue happiness; the state of happiness in one’s demeanor is not guaranteed.
The reason our forefathers gave us a constitutional republic and not a democracy was to help alleviate the age-old problem of three wolves and a sheep deciding what is for dinner. Just because 90 percent of a population desires something does not mean that they are entitled to it. The Second Amendment is there so the sheep has a say in the choice of the dinner menu.
I am reminded of a time, in the not so distant past, when a duly elected government decided that the problems of their society were caused by a minority of the population. A madman was elected to power and was supported by what very well could have been 90 percent of the population. He murdered, not dozens of innocents, but millions. Never again!
No one can tell you where and when the next madman or terrorist will strike. What they can tell you is that they will strike again.
What you as an individual can do is take responsibility for protecting yourself and your family. To do this you must use your mind to think and not use it simply to memorize some feel-good talking points in lieu of intelligent thought.
Just a reminder. U.S. senators are not representatives of the individual people of a state. They are representatives of their respective states.
Our state constitution says that the right of the people to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves and the state shall not be questioned. Two very simple laws to abide by. Not infringed, not questioned.
Senators Toomey and Casey have sworn to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution and to represent the Pennsylvania Constitutionand the state it defines. What could possibly be going through the minds of our senators?