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Stick with the Constitution

From page A5 | February 25, 2013 | 4 Comments

EDITOR: As Americans, we are exceptional because of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which includes the right to keep and bear arms. With that right comes exceptional responsibility.

Ms. Lanza did not take the requisite responsibility to keep her guns locked and secure from a member of her family that should not have had access to any guns — two ominous errors of judgment occurring at the same moment.

More gun legislation will not mitigate poor judgment by a few at the sake of many. We either keep our exceptionalism along with the burdens of responsibility, or cease to be Americans. We have the freedoms to create laws binding our exceptionalism and responsibility … and become something we may not, in the end, wish to be.

By straying from constitutional intent, we are not unlike the vivid description in Hemmingway’s book, “The Green Hills of Africa” where a wounded hyena is running away … eating its own intestines. It was his only non-fiction book. Let us commit to smarter, more responsible gun ownership, not more laws, and avoid the pitfall of tyranny.


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Discussion | 4 comments

  • robertdnollFebruary 21, 2013 - 1:48 pm

    if you're going to talk about Hemmingway then fist read all of the books and stories he wrote.

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  • Phil VeerkampFebruary 24, 2013 - 1:47 pm

    Robertdnoll, I'm not sure that I appreciate why one ought to be required to read all of Hemmingway before utilizing any sort of Hemmingway metaphor. I don’t get it. Can you flesh out your observation?

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  • James E.February 24, 2013 - 2:02 pm

    Phil, reading just one of his books gives you metaphor rights. Go for it.

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  • cookie65February 25, 2013 - 10:26 am

    Let's also quit putting our kids in the make-believe protection of gun-free zones. It seems to me the mental midgets who dreamed up that fantasy are the same ones who want to restrict the Constitutional rights of law abiding citizens. When the attendees of woodstock have a hallucinogenic flashback and believe the world is rainbows and unicorns because they deem it to be, they go about blaming everyone else for failures of their rules. The inmates are running the asylum.

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