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Ridiculous to say early Americans were ‘allowed’ to keep guns

To The Daily Sun,

I want to start this letter by saying it probably includes some things plagiarized from others but I'm sure they won't mind. In Saturday's edition of The Sun there was a letter by Bill Dawson of Northfield who seems to have a lot of time on his hands and uses it to seek anything he can find to use to back up his revisionist history. He stated that the letter was going to show his interpretation of the Second Amendment. He states the first part of the amendment gives the states the permission to set up a guard unit under the direction of the state. First of all, a militia is not a guard unit. A militia, especially in those times, was made up of volunteers who would assemble when the need arose. The regulated part relates to the fact that someone was chosen to lead so that these volunteers wouldn't be without some form of control. Of course, it didn't always work.

The most ridiculous statement he made was that the people who formed the militia were "allowed" to keep their guns at home. I guess that when these people went out to hunt (there were no Whole Food Stores at the time) they had to get permission from somebody to take their guns out of the house or go hungry. He also gets into the law enforcement aspect of things. I guess in his mind if someone had their family or property attacked they had to summon the local constable. I have to ask how? By smoke signal?

The Second Amendment was added to the Constitution so that people would have the means to fight back against tyranny from without and within, which is why they were here in the first place.

I ask you, Mr. Dawson, when a truck mows down and kills a multitude of people in France, when someone with a knife or machete slashes at people, when someone,Timothy McVeigh comes to mind, fills a truck with explosives and kills almost 200 people or when someone uses a pressure cooker to maim people, do you blame the the truck or knife or pressure cooker? No, you blame the nut that did it. Why is it when a nut uses a gun to commit violence it's the gun that gets blamed as much as the perpetrator? Keep in mind that when someone dies from the use of anything that it becomes a deadly weapon.

I agree that the stocks that were used in the Nevada killings should be very closely regulated and only be used at ranges that are designed to accommodate them. They were approved by the ATF during Obama's watch to accommodate veterans and others who were handicapped. They never should have been allowed on the open market. As far as military-grade weapons are concerned, they are already heavily regulated and it takes months and a lot of money to get the permit to own one. Other people, Hillary for one, have brought up silencers and don't think they should be allowed. First of all they shouldn't be called silencers as they don't silence anything. They are sound suppressors that help to protect shooter's hearing. Hillary watches too many movies. In Finland it is illegal to hunt without a suppressor on your rifle.

When anyone challenges the right to abortion, the left screams "settled law," when there is nothing in the 14th that mentions abortions. The Second is very explicit on the right to keep and bear arms and is definitely settled law.

Dave Schwotzer
Meredith

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Problems with recovery in Puerto Rico are not all political

To The Daily Sun,

I have just read the letter from Dr. Ellis. I am not sure how much he knows about Puerto Rico, but to say the problems are all political is totally wrong. I have been in P.R. every year since 1975. I am pretty familiar with the San Juan area, and will include the U.S.V.I. in this letter, as it is in pretty much the same situation, and I know it better. P.R. was in bankruptcy (would be if it was allowed). The island and its principles are as corrupt as any place can be. The only thing the politicians there have thought about in years is how to fill their own pockets and pay off those that might protest. The electric grid was terrible and the electric company as corrupt as any group on the island. They set rates to buy the best fuel possible and bought sludge, which made the generation break down. They were/are behind in infrastructure building (new technology, new poles, new generation etc.), because the money coming in went to fill corrupt people's pockets and pay off opposition or friends (buy votes). A program most all utilities here in the states have to clear brush and trees near lines was nonexistent. Poles were used for everything and put anywhere, and if a tree was more convenient than a proper pole it was used. Utility workers from the mainland are not going to put it back as it was. In the U.S.V.I., which is more familiar to me, there are two hospitals. Both corrupt as can be. All the principles of one went to jail for various corrupt practices. Accreditation eludes them. U.S. federal Medicare (yes, our taxes) have been squandered and misspent and the federal officials keep extending the deadline as to when the hospitals, need to comply with regulations. The police force is just as corrupt and the U.S. federal authorities have again extended the compliance rules over and over and over.

Gov. Mapp himself has been to court over various corruption charges and he was elected because the last governor used our tax dollars (money sent from Washington to help the police force), to build a security fence around his private home and was found guilty of fraud. Add the fact that these two territories cannot control themselves, do not want the federal authorities to take over, but want us to send our tax dollars to bail them out.

We own a home in the British Virgin Islands, within shouting distance of the U.S.V.I. (we did, our house was a complete loss in Irma!), and that government is just as corrupt. It seems worse, because we know it intimately. All these islands hit want help from outside, but when times are good, want independence so no one is looking over the shoulder of the politicians. They want the infrastructure fixed instantly. If they had used some of their money to do underground utilities, and put in proper building codes, and tendered proper contracts, instead of putting the dollars in pockets or building edifices for their egos, they would not be in the shape they are. Even where some building codes were in place, a few dollars in the proper hands would make authorities look the other way. I am very sympathetic to the plight of the indigenous, poor people, but they have allowed the ambitious to control their lives.

Now, stop and think about redoing the infrastructure. You can fly in men and women, but there are huge quantities of goods already sitting at the terminals on P.R. and locals cannot/will not drive it out for distribution. They want the federal authorities to come in with drivers to distribute it. They want FEMA and other federal authorities to fix the roads they built poorly, but charged top dollar for contracts so they could put dollars in their pockets. Many islands in the Caribbean were hit bad with Irma and Maria, and they all want electric poles. Do you realize that along with mainland disasters how many poles this is? Where do they come from? How do they get there? The same with wire. I hear that on P.R. alone there a need for 16,000 miles of wire! Part of the reason is because, like in U.S.V.I. and B.V.I., the locals cut wires all over the place so they could get around, not thinking that if they were in one piece maybe they could be put back up. They knew they would not be electrocuted as the power is shut down when the wind hits 60 knots on most islands.

No, Dr. Ellis, this is NOT a political thing. Do not condemn our federal authorities on this one. Look deeper than the way you voted.

Robert E. Heath
Center Harbor

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