Printed letters, September 17, 2013

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As suggested by Tim Pipe’s on-line letter today (“Constitution incorrectly cited in letters about recall election”), when Ray Langston (“Dems’ tyranny spurred recalls, secession drive”), John E. Smith (“Recalls demonstrated citizens’ objections to abuse of power”, and Dan Davidson (“Respect for Constitution led to ouster of Morse, Giron”), assert that gun laws are “unconstitutional” or government policies are “tyrannical”, they simply mean that they don’t like them. 

However, the substantive weakness of their position is betrayed by their own hyperbole.

In the “nation of laws” so treasured by gun-rights advocates, any legislative enactment is presumptively constitutional until a Supreme Court decides otherwise.  Thus, Langston’s claim that Colorado’s duly enacted statutes requiring universal background checks and limiting magazines to 15 rounds are “unconstitutional” is at best premature. 

As chronicled by the Sentinel, those statutes were “fairly” debated, and the proposed 10-round magazine limit was increased to 15 following a public hearing.  Closing the “gun show loophole” was even less controversial.

Of some 69,000 registered voters in SD 11, only 17,089 (25-%) voted.  Thus, the “power of the people” to oust the incumbent was exercised by only 9094 (12.5%) voters.  So, what that tally actually revealed was the indolence of common-sense gun-law supporters.

As Edmund Burke wrote, “All it takes for evil to succeed is for a few good men to do nothing”.  As Dr. Janis Orlowski, Medstar Washington Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer, opined after the Naval Yard mass shooting, “There’s something evil in our society that we as Americans have to work to try and eradicate.”

Gun violence has become a public health crisis – with some 85 Americans dying daily therefrom.  The redundant proliferation of guns in our society is statistically associated with the increasing frequency of mass shootings and gun deaths (including suicides).  If guns were tainted food, we’d all be demanding immediate action.



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