This letter is written in response to Stan Brown's letter headed, "We need to stop giving guns to crazy people."
Mr. Brown may not have written this caption, but I'm wondering, who is "giving guns" to anyone?
Last I checked, most guns were for sale in gun stores, and it was illegal for a gun dealer or individual to sell a gun to either a "crazy person" or a convicted felon. However, if anyone knows who is "giving guns" away, please direct me to this generous benefactor.
Questions: Who is, or is not, "crazy?" Who is to decide such things, and how? Psychoanalysis pioneer Sigmund Freud wrote, "A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional immaturity."
Mr. Brown wrote, "Don't talk to me about hunters and responsible gun ownership. And don't throw the second amendment in my face unless you look at it carefully and historically: ‘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.'"
The admonition to not use the Second Amendment or "responsible gun ownership" to support "the right of the people to keep and bear arms" reveals how ignorant many are about the language and historic context of the Bill of Rights.
The opening phrase of the Second cited by Mr. Brown, "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State," constitutes a present participle in the English language.
A number of linguistic experts have established this fact, including G. Gordon Liddy, who stated, "A present participle simply states a fact. In no way does it modify or affect in any way the sentence that the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. And they're getting away with murder just because so many people these days don't understand sixth grade English."
Re: "Crazy people": Those who decree that having guns borne by law-abiding citizens is so pernicious that not only all guns, but also all First Amendment-protected arguments against gun-banning, must be strictly taboo, are compulsively anthropomorphizing inanimate objects, as well as suffering from hoplophobia (a morbid fear of weapons) -- behavior Freud considered "immature" and dysfunctional in an adult.
I agree that no one should be "giving guns" to people exhibiting these traits.
T. Jackson Smith, Payson