The founders had it right


Concerning Robin Moore’s April 20 letter to the editor, “They know how to play you:” Surely you are kidding! If the criteria of not being allowed to possess a firearm is being disgruntled, no one could have possession of one. Everyone has been disgruntled at one time or another. Now the average law abiding citizen might answer truthfully to the question, but the criminal will not. After all, they operate outside the law anyway. And if the blood of innocents follows the money, then every civil authority that protects you and your family is guilty as well, because they buy both guns and ammunition to do it with — which shows their allegiance to corporate interests.

I did a little comparing. Chicago and Houston. Murder rates 18.75 to 10.04 per 100,000. You cannot buy a firearm in Chicago or conceal carry. Houston has more than a thousand places to buy firearms and (I’m assuming here) can conceal carry. Seems better to be in Houston with all those guns than Chicago where there aren’t supposed to be any. Even better is being on Grays Harbor, so I’ll just stay here.

Thomas Jefferson in his book, “Commonplace Book,” said: “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms … disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. … Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” Maybe he was just vulnerable at the time and was seduced by the NRA on behalf of the corporations. And that goes for others of his ilk, such as like Joseph Story, Noah Webster, Patrick Henry, James Madison, George Mason, George Washington, Richard Henry Lee, Zacharia Johnson, James Wilson, Tench Coxe, and pretty much all the rest of the founders.

You can continue to believe whomever you want, but as for me, I will believe the ilk I mentioned above!

Dave Norton

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