Ralph Leno
Gardner businessman
Since I don’t use guns very often, I leave the ongoing debate over gun-control advocacy to those who do use them, the idea being since gun users are more knowledgeable on the subject than I, they are more easily able to reply with civility to the hysteria that often characterizes the side that wants no one but the government to own guns.
The column you printed in the Jan. 19, 2011 edition of The Gardner News, ‘Guns given to nuts under the auspice of Second Amendment rights,’ by Donald Kaul characteristically insures high profile gun owners, the NRA, and the Second Amendment, at which the author is particularly peeved for having the nerve to enshrine the right of a person to defend himself along side of his right to burn the flag of his own country.
Since you printed this lovely piece of unbalanced bombast, we can only assume that you agree with its contents, and sadder still, its attempt to instruct us on moral behavior.
It’s not so bad Mr. Kaul wants to make sure loonies don’t have guns, or even that he’s indignant normal people can still own them. We are as accustomed to that sort of freedom-hating as we are the illogic that because a small percentage of criminals have guns, honest people shouldn’t. Most vexing is the casual mindset that one specific right granted by the Bill of Rights, the right to own a gun, is somehow not just a mistake, but is intrinsically immoral solely because it can be abused.
I am grateful the founding fathers emphasized throughout the Constitution that all of our rights, in particular the Bill of Rights, are given to us by God, not men.
I am also grateful they wrote the Constitution, and not Mr. Kaul, or the people who print his nasty arguments in order to teach us how to live.