Columnist misses key points

Thursday, June 9, 2022

I’m responding to Avis Anderson’s 6/2/22 “From where I sit” article in which she opines that if people are not going to use guns wisely then we need to follow some form of regulation. She then, like the liberal/progressive crowd, asks for a “wise” debate but what I think she means is that when someone commits a gun crime the law abiding citizenry will have their constitutional 2nd Amendment rights and freedom infringed upon. Anderson qualifies her belief by stating that other countries have tightened their gun laws because of what they see happening in our country. What she doesn’t add is that other countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand, etc. don’t have a Constitutional Amendment that guarantees the right of the people to defend their personal safety and freedom with a firearm. She states that the founders of our country saw democracy as a grand experiment. In reality, our founders created a “representative republic” because they feared a “pure democracy” which they felt was nothing more than mob rule with no rights for the minority. She also states that guns are for hunting but this statement has nothing to do with “gun rights”. The 2nd Amendment is part of the Bill of Rights and is in the U.S. Constitution to protect us from an out of control, despotic government. It also protects all the other amendments in the Bill of Rights and like the other amendments was an “absolute amendment” as there were no provisions attached to it when it became constitutional. Anderson says that she doesn’t live in a state of constant fear and that’s a big complement to Glendive, Montana. But what if she lived in the Democratically controlled city of Chicago that had 47 firearm shootings over the Memorial Day weekend? Would she change her tune about having a gun by her bed because, as everyone knows, when seconds count the police are only minutes away. Finally, Anderson equates the right to keep and bear arms with the rules of driving safely and implores us that we do not need “military style weapons” or “stockpiles” but remember…..It’s called the Bill of Rights not the Bill of Needs. Sincerely,


Patrick Prescott