Second Amendment applies to everyone

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I would like to respond to Mr. Joseph Henry Wythe’s letter from the Oct. 12 edition. Mr. Wythe makes many capricious claims that cannot be left unchallenged. First, Mr. Wythe claims an overwhelming majority of citizens are in favor of gun control. This is typical liberal spin. When asked blanket survey questions about reducing gun violence, of course the majority of people agree that we should work to prevent unnecessary deaths and injuries. But there is no evidence that the majority of people believe gun control is the way to achieve this. Further, there is plenty of statistical evidence available proving that an armed citizenry actually decreases violent crime rates. The liberals like to try and counter this by trotting out numbers of accidental gun deaths. But what they don’t tell you is that they include suicides in that data. Preventing suicide is a mental health issue, not a gun control issue.

The most egregious claim that Mr. Wythe makes is the typical leftist argument that the Second Amendment only applies to militias. What Mr. Wythe will not tell you is that there is an abundance of writings by the Founding Fathers (you know, the guys who actually wrote the Second Amendment) explaining in no uncertain terms what they meant. I will include a few, but Google hasn’t censored them (yet), so feel free to search for Founding Father comments on the Second Amendment or the right to keep and bear arms.

From Samuel Adams (a lot of liberals drink his beer, so surely they must believe what he says):

“The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms.”

- Samuel Adams, Massachusetts Ratifying Convention, 1788

From Tench Coxe:

“As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the article in their right to keep and bear their private arms.”

- Tench Coxe, Philadelphia Federal Gazette, June 18, 1789

And Patrick Henry:

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined ... The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”

- Patrick Henry, Speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778

George Mason:

“I ask who are the militia? They consist now of the whole people, except a few public officers.”

- George Mason, Address to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 4, 1788

And finally, Thomas Jefferson (I love the second quote. If everyone was familiar with it, we wouldn’t even have a Democrat party):

“The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.”

- Thomas Jefferson, letter to John Cartwright, 5 June 1824

“On every occasion [of Constitutional interpretation] let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying [to force] what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or invented against it, [instead let us] conform to the probable one in which it was passed.”

- Thomas Jefferson, letter to William Johnson, 12 June 1823

Samuel C. Hogue,

Sandpoint

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