Three more letters advocating compromise of our fundamental rights: “Compromise and action” by Wendy Trainor; “No threat to disarm citizens” by Noble Collins; and “Gun violence” by Dean Martinson, Roundup, Feb. 8.
These arguments are amazingly devoid of any common sense or factual validity. Wendy Trainor writes a very pleasant letter suggesting that we have moved away from a reasonable discussion on gun control and toward an all “right or wrong” mentality.
She is correct: Those who seek to destroy our fundamental rights have not responded to “reasonable discussion” and therefore we who believe in our Constitution and the rule of law intend to defend these precious concepts regardless of those who seek to compromise them out of existence. We will not compromise one more inch.
Noble Collins actually wants us to believe no threat to disarm citizens exists in spite of all evidence to the contrary. Every year legislation is introduced in Congress banning the private ownership of firearms of one kind or another, or possessing one feature or another, or restricting some perfectly legitimate use or another. This firearm is too big and powerful, that one is too small and concealable, this one is colored black, that one is too ugly, this one has too many safety features, that one has too few, this one can be fired too fast, that one carries too much ammunition. Give it a rest, the totalitarian thugs that have infested our government want them all and gun owners have had it up to here: We will not compromise one more inch.
Dean Martinson complains the NRA had laws passed that prevent government agencies like the CDC from conducting what he calls “gun research.” Yes, we did; because dishonest researchers like Dr. Arthur Kellerman of the CDC was conducting bogus scientific studies with taxpayers’ money using fraudulent statistical methods that yielded answers he wanted; like claiming the fact that the majority of suicides were committed with a gun and therefore guns must cause suicides. His methods were so flagrantly fraudulent even other anti-gun researchers rejected his methods.
We may not know why society is violent, and if we ever figure it out I am quite certain the next spree killer will prove us wrong. But we do know what prevents violence: Being armed and trained to arms. Having “Victim Disarmament Zones” wherever some doofus thinks a maniac is going to be stopped by a sign facilitates spree killings.
Donald L. Cline