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Letters 8/14/03

Various - August 14th, 2003
Saying yes to guns

Advocates of the right to keep and bear arms have modest reason to celebrate these days. The state of Alaska recently became the second state, after Vermont, to allow citizens to carry concealed firearms without a permit or any of the restrictive measures, such as fingerprinting or background checks, that often accompany the permit-application process.
And on July 15 the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted 6-1 that “a citizen’s desire to exercise the right to keep and bear arms for purposes of security is at its apex when undertaken to secure one’s home or privately owned business.“ The decision came when the court heard the case of a Milwaukee store owner who was arrested for having a loaded gun in his pocket. The police were enforcing the state’s draconian concealed-carry law, which allows only “peace officers“ to carry concealed weapons.
The Wisconsin court ruled, however — on the basis of a 1998 amendment to the state’s constitution that states that “people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation, or any other lawful purpose“ — that protecting oneself while at home or one’s place of business is clearly consistent with that “other lawful purpose“ standard.
These two events mark small but significant victories for America’s gunowners and all supporters of individual freedom.
More and more Americans are rejecting the absurd, leftist, 20th-century invention of
a “collective right“ to own a gun (e.g., through a state agency such as the National Guard) in favor of an individualist interpretation of the Second Amendment more consistent with the intentions of the Framers of the Constitution. More important, a few state governments seem to be listening.
Ever since the 2000 presidential election, many pundits have been warning Democrats that gun control is a losing issue. Many believe that key Democratic states such as Tennessee and Arkansas, which should have been easy pickings for Al Gore, were nonetheless lost because of his anti-gun proposals.
In the same vein, these pro-gun victories in Alaska and Wisconsin suggest that a minor groundswell is taking place in our country. Even if most Americans are still (mistakenly) prepared to support “reasonable“ gun control at the federal level, such as background checks, they are also (wisely) signaling that such measures should not be used to erode the general right to own guns.
We may be a long way from abolishing all of our failed, immoral, and unconstitutional gun-control laws, but this year’s actions taken by the Alaska legislature and the Wisconsin Supreme Court indicate that, however slowly, the tide is finally moving in that direction.

Scott McPherson • via email

Where‘s the bridge?

Reply to your “editor‘s comments“ regarding rubber facts (Letters 7/31).
I feel somewhat compelled to once again set the facts straight for the public that reads your paper. With regard to the Hartman-Hammond bridge being located one half mile south of South Airport Road, as you insist, the fact is if all those folks walked a half mile and looked at that location, they were still on the YMCA property and were looking across the river at the city‘s dump. The bridge as planned would be located approximately 6,600 feet south of the center line of South Airport Rd. which is 1.25 miles. One half mile south would be a bad idea.
I didn‘t challenge the fact that the proposed bridge would be ten feet above the river, I challenged the statement indicating there would be one bridge and the rest of the valley would be filled.
The first item listed on the brochure put out by the Smart Roads Organization is “Retool portions of Grand Traverse County‘s South Airport Rd. to handle more traffic more efficiently.“ The brochure also states: “Connect Keystone and Hammond roads to route some east-west traffic around Traverse City.“ Well, a lot of east west traffic will come from or end up on Three Mile Road.

Gerry Harsch • Traverse City

My Prayer, March 18, 2003

  Today and in the days ahead, let me never forget the words of Martin Luther King, “The ultimate weakness of violence is that it is a descending spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy.“
Help me remember negativity has within it the seeds of its own destruction.
Help me remember the power of light and love is infinite, and darkness is finite.
Help me remember the power of love will overtake fear and the belief that there is force in anger.
Help me remember that darkness is nothing more than absence of light and I am a being of light and love.
Help me remember that darkness needs to be seen not as a threat; it is an opportunity for me to love, and add more light to Truth.
“Love bears all things; Love endures all things.“
Love is the most gentle and strongest enduring force in the universe, and in the coming days we will have the wonderful opportunity to give love and compassion to all.
May you be love in these most challenging times.

Bernie Ware • via email


 
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