Manchin’s gun control
I must take issue with the Logan Banner editor’s support of Joe Manchin’s recent comments about gun control. Please allow me to challenge those comments in order.
The opening paragraph was spot on and well stated. However, the second paragraph went completely off the rails. You accurately stated that American citizens have a Constitutional right to arm themselves. But then you set that in juxtaposition with what you call the rights of children to safety. Huh? Can you please give me the sentence in our Constitution that declares a “right to safety”? There is no such thing.
This cavalier way that the press declares things a “right” is unnerving to me. Rights are guarantees of freedoms as enumerated in our Constitution. What you have done is similar to those who declared that Americans have a right to affordable healthcare. There is no such right. We may want affordable healthcare and we may want safe schools, but there is no right constitutionally guaranteed which provides either.
You then go on to infer that the silence of many legislators about the shooting in Connecticut is because they are NRA supported. I would argue that the silent ones are those who understand that evil cannot be legislated out of existence. They understand that freedom is the most costly social experiment ever undertaken and occasionally evil people abuse it.
Next you go on to praise Senator Manchin and suggest that his call for a discussion on gun control is a good thing. How can that be good? The Second Amendment is pretty clear. What is there to discuss? Would you praise Manchin if he suggested it is time we have a discussion about the First Amendment rights of free speech?
To suggest that any of our constitutional rights should be discussed simply because we’ve experienced a tragedy is asking for problems. May I remind you, that it wasn’t our first amendment rights that earned us our freedom, it was the second one! George Washington didn’t debate the British into going home, he shot them. They were unjust and evil in the way they dealt with us, so we overthrew their tyranny. Such tyranny and evil is still present today and could visit us again.
I too wept over the lives of those precious children and teachers who died at the hands of this madman. But, I’m not willing to surrender my freedom to mother Russia because of it. When we surrender freedoms, we are in effect declaring that we believe the government will do a better job of caring for our individual needs than we can do for ourselves. Such thinking leads to slavery. Remember Social Security and Medicare? The government was going to take care of us there too. They are both broke.
Here are some non-political facts for you to consider. Extensive studies about mass shootings have revealed that these evil people target gun free zones. Places like schools, theaters, and government buildings are their first choice precisely because they are gun free. Second, these same studies showed that when these suicidal maniacs are stopped, it is usually by an armed citizen who shoots back. Of course, these instances are rarely publicized because the press is predominately composed of anti-gun liberals.
So, I can’t agree with you or Joe. If it were possible to make a law that would prevent insanity, then we could also make a law that would stop lying, cheating and stealing as well. But, laws can’t change behavior; their only value is to provide a means to punish those who violate them and we already have laws against shooting innocent people. Another law won’t make it less likely to happen again.
Gary Lee Corns