One of your other regular letter writers may think he is engaging in reductio ad absurdam argument (“This is the proof — not really” Roundup, March 5), but he is closer to the truth than he thinks. He needs to research his thesis a little more accurately, however.
Guns were indeed confiscated by National Guard units from people in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, but the victims of this thuggery weren’t rioting: They were homeowners, successfully protecting their homes from looters — until they were disarmed and rendered defenseless, at which time the looters and punks took over. And when the Guardsmen complained that this was unconstitutional, their commander told them to stand down. Meanwhile law enforcement officers from around the country manhandled and robbed law-abiding little old ladies of their protection and removed them from their undamaged homes, while
New Orleans officers looted stores and murdered refugees trying to cross a bridge out of the stricken area. Katrina is a prime example of why people have the God-given right of self-protection with arms, and why only thugs, with or without badges, prey on the law-abiding.
The writer points out that many employees of government agencies are issued firearms — but he fails to point out the Department of Homeland Security has ordered 1.6 billion rounds of hollow-point ammunition (enough to shoot every American five times), 7,000 AR-15-pattern rifles, and 2,700 Mine-Resistant Armor Protected (MRAP) tanks. Does he expect us to believe this is all just for fun and giggles? (These figures are from government contract-bid sites.)
As for Founding Fathers not believing in the right to keep and bear arms, the writer should name them and their political affiliation. He should name even one. Yes, there were a vanishing few, but they weren’t Founding Fathers: They were Tories, and they lost the American Revolution and sought refuge on British ships. The Founding Fathers won the American Revolution, not the Tories. And they established a nation founded upon principles of liberty, protected by the God-given right to keep and bear arms.
If the body of his letter doesn’t reveal the writer’s true agenda, his last sentence certainly does: “I see a group of ‘patriots’ standing at Concord Bridge shouting and waving muskets in the air, but no British are anywhere to be found.” Oh, how mightily he wishes it were so! (Or that he could make others believe it.)
Donald L. Cline