Published DateTo the editor,
Barbara Perry of Moultonborough actually said what all liberal progressives think when she wrote "I hate guns and I believe that the person who invented guns should be shot!" in her Letter to the Editor. She also went on to say "When the Constitution said an individual has a right to bear arms, they were talking about pistols and rifles not the assault weapons that are available today" which is not completely accurate. The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution was written to ensure each citizen of our country (THE MILITIA) could have military weapons to protect themselves, their state and their country. This is the reasoning for the ending statement that the right to bear arms shall never be infringed. In fact this was clarified in a Supreme Court Ruling in 1906 that said if people misuse guns then the answer is in punishing the wrongdoers and not infringing on the rights of all law abiding Americans.
What is also misleading is that assault weapons, by definition are small arms weapons like pistol and rifles that are capable of firing rounds in a fully automatic mode (machine gun) like the M-16, Thompson Sub-Machine Gun, Uzi or the M-60. Rifles capable of only firing semi-automatically (like the AR-15) are not considered "Assault Weapons", regardless of what Diane Feinstein says. Machine Guns are already regulated by a federal tax that must be paid in order for someone to obtain a license to own one, which the Supreme Court ruled not to be an infringement since it is a tax.
As to the part of her letter where she says "guns will never go away and the saddest part of this is that guns kill innocent men, women and children" I wanted to share the thoughts of someone in Connecticut who actually put this to the test. He says: "Yesterday I placed my shotgun on the front porch, gave it six shells and, noticing it had no legs placed it in a wheelchair to help it get around. While I was gone the mailman delivered my mail, the boy across the street picked up my yard, a girl walked her dog down the street and quite a few cars stopped at the stop sign near my house.After 10 hours I checked on the shotgun. It had not rolled outside and had not killed anyone in spite of the many opportunities that had been presented. Can you imagine how surprised I was, with all the hype about how dangerous guns are an how they kill people? Either the killing is by people misusing guns or I'm in possession of the laziest gun in the world. Now I'm off to check my spoons because I hear they make people fat."
Barbara, I hope this helps you to understand the meaning of the 2nd Amendment. I am not sure what punishment the Politically Correct Police in the Liberal Party will impose on you for your "Hate Speech" on the inventor of the gun, who I am quite certain died many centuries ago.