In response to the letter from Chris Sauer in the Feb. 14 Napa Valley Register (“Adjustments to gun laws are necessary”), and other previous positions on gun laws, I offer the following response.
I’m sorry that previous writers did not address your assault weapon and high-capacity magazine concerns. Unfortunately, few people understand the reasoning for the Second Amendment, which has absolutely nothing to do with hunting, target shooting, collecting, or people who may not be able to hit a running pig.
The Federalist Papers and other writings of the founding fathers clearly and unequivocally state the reasoning for the amendment: for citizens to protect themselves from a tyrannical government.
Your reasoning that our founding fathers could not have peered into the future to see today’s weapons is nothing short of ridiculous. Based on that reasoning, we can also dispense with the First Amendment (freedom of speech), as they could not have possibly imagined the Internet, telephones, or other modern methods of communication.
When the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were written, it could take weeks, and even months, for information to move from one part of the country to another. Based on that, let’s abandon the First Amendment; after all, I don’t like the liberal media. Let’s shut down the Napa Valley Register.
As for your schooling from other responders on various weapons terminology, it appears you absorbed little. The only commonality among guns deemed assault weapons is their physical appearance. I suspect you have little or no experience with guns as you comment on the “ferocity of our own inventions.”
I have owned firearms since I was 14 when I worked a summer job to buy my first gun. I have no fear whatsoever of any gun. They are inanimate objects, just like a bottle of wine and a couple of wine glasses, which leads me to another point.
Shortly after the killings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., by a mentally disturbed man, the Napa Valley Register ran a front-page story of a man turning in his guns to the Napa Police Department. My wife stopped me from calling the Register and requesting they meet me at the Napa Police Department to turn in a bottle of wine and a couple of wine glasses. Somehow, I think I would have been ignored anyway.
More people are killed by drunken drivers in one week than have been killed by lunatic gun men in the last 10 years. Oops, that’s not politically correct, especially in Napa. In fact, more people are killed with hammers every year than by lunatics with guns. Check my facts.
I’m sure you are now countering with gun violence in general. Few, if any, are committed using so-called assault weapons. What you can do is thank the liberals, like Rep. Mike Thompson, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and Sen. Dianne Feinstein for the welfare system that emasculates poor men, leaving them to prove their manhood with violence.
The principal at Newtown was an incredibly brave woman for trying to stop the shooting; unfortunately, current gun laws put her in an untenable situation. Had she, or someone else, at the school heard this mentally disturbed gunman shooting out the locks on the door and responded with a concealed weapon, the outcome would likely have been much different.
You may say that people carrying weapons would be outrageous, but it’s only your ignorance that guides you. Very conservative statistics say that at least 800,000 occurrences of people defending themselves with weapons occur each year, perhaps as many as 1.5 million.
Unfortunately, you won’t hear of them in the liberal media. A local example occurred in Sacramento, shortly after Newtown, when a group of teenagers was having a sleepover. Their home was invaded by two armed assailants whom were confronted by an armed homeowner who shot and killed one of them.
You didn’t read that in the Register. Of course, you would have if the intruders had raped and killed the young women in the house.
The U.S. was founded on three core principles — life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The only rights that can stand the test of our founding fathers are individual rights. The moment any group gains rights over another, freedom is lost.
While the government is unquestionably trying to revoke my constitutional rights to defend myself from that very government, it’s only a matter of time before they go after you.
If you think a tyrannical government is a ridiculous thought, I can only feel sorry for you. They believe they can determine hate crimes (they assume they know your thoughts). They can tell you how your toilet works, what lights you can have in your kitchen, how big a soft drink you can buy, and how much money is “fair” for you to earn, among many other things.
As for me, I’ll keep my guns and ammunition.
Warren lives in Napa.