When guns don’t help

I
think you would have developed enough wisdom to understand that not
everyone thinks that the Second Amendment means what you think it means.
It seems ironic to me that Morris seems to imply the Lt. Col. is a
traitor and then goes on to glorify other traitors. It is unclear to me
what makes which the more virtuous?

As Morris asserts,
some of our Founding Fathers implied in documents not related directly
to the Constitution that the right to bear arms protects against
tyranny, but that’s not exactly what the Second Amendment says, is it?

Secondly,
we do not have an unabridged right to bear arms; we as a society accept
reasonable limitations on that right. For example, I cannot own an
active tank, jet fighter, cruise missile, or chemical, biological or
radiological weapons though they, too, are arms.

As
Justice Antonin Scalia recently remarked, the Founding Fathers did not
want us carrying around frightening weapons at the time of authoring the
Constitution, either.

The weapons we do have access to
cannot by themselves defeat a first-world industrialized army. So, what
exactly makes all species of gun-powder-based small arms sacred? I
think the answer to that is “nothing.” I think we can discuss
restrictions on such things.

It is unlikely that shots
from a small pistol (the type of weapon most people carry concealed)
would have been able to penetrate the perpetrator’s body armor in the
Aurora, Colo., case. If armed bystanders had had the wherewithal to
actually engage the aggressor, it is unlikely that it would have been an
effective engagement.

The environment that we live in,
where we cannot reasonably discuss what is appropriate for our country
in terms of firearms, is ridiculous and poisonous.

We
have serious issues in this nation when it comes to firearms. They are
more likely to kill someone you love than to kill your imagined
perpetrators.

I do not imagine we will ever stop
massacres. I do think that we can have a better society if we were
allowed to be reasonable people trying to protect and defend the land
that we love from our own folly.

—John R. Junger, Oklahoma City

John R. Junger III

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