The Bill of Rights
protects us all
Regarding the Dec. 24 letter, "Take real action to protect children":
The letter is sincere and well intentioned, but we have to be careful not to throw the baby out with the bath water. After the tragic mass murders in Newtown, Conn., people naturally look at guns as the enemy.
However, 40 years ago, Walt Kelly's Pogo noted: "We have met the enemy and he is us." Since 9/11, the Bill of Rights has been under siege with calls to curtail and abridge our fundamental rights. Our Founding Fathers fought long to secure these rights. They adamantly refused to ratify the U.S. Constitution without the inclusion of the Bill of Rights.
During the red scare of the 1950's and 1960's, college students, as a class project, would go out and read aloud the Bill of Rights. Many Americans were appalled by these revolutionary rights and thought them to be communistic and radical in origin. Yes, the Founding Fathers were true revolutionaries.
Even old Dr. Ben Franklin asserted: "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." The iconic pacifist Gandhi insisted: "Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest."
Government in its quest for power and control can go seriously out of whack. The Boston Massacre of 1770 and the Kent State shootings of 1970 are painful reminders. The Bill of Rights is our bulwark against such incursions and usurpations.
Yes, some gun restrictions are already on the books banning Tommy guns, sawed-off shot guns, etc., and the assault weapons ban will most likely be re-instituted. These are not viewed as major infringements of Second Amendment rights.
However, outlawing ammunition will only set off a wave of opposition by those who lawfully own firearms. When we strive to eliminate lawful ownership of guns, then only the criminal element will possess guns. The Second Amendment should continue to ensure and protect our freedom and liberty.
Time to rethink
We are supposed to be Americans, never second best to anyone. But we think it is intelligent to own a gun to protect ourselves against potential enemies.
We need to wise up and dispose of an outdated constitutional amendment. Our Founders never envisioned mass shootings by high-powered weapons. They never intended to protect these kind of weapons. Until we can garner enough intelligence to ban all guns, we will never have another true Christmas.
Egg Harbor City
Tax gun sales to finance
NRA's armed guards
It is rare that I find myself in agreement with Wayne Pierre, the National Rifle Association and the tea party, but that is the case today.
The NRA is proposing armed guards at every school. And the tea party has made it clear that there is no such thing as a free government program. So I propose financing the NRA's new army with a tax on gun sales. Tax powerful semiautomatics at a higher rate than hunting weapons. Call it the "Mayhem Prevention Act" and make it applicable to all gun sales, new or used. The Second Amendment says you have the right to bear arms. Nobody ever said your hobby had to be cheap.
As an alternative, we could redeploy the Transportation Security Administration army - the one whose major duty is to confiscate nail clippers at airports. These are the people who make old ladies take off their shoes as a matter of public safety. You can never be too careful.