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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Re: “Guns and skunks” (March 24 commentary):
Linda Hopkins asserts that if the right to gun ownership were God-given then, “every baby born here would exit the womb packing heat.”
She uses the fact that skunks and other animals are born with defensive tools, such as the ability to spray noxious liquid, poisonous venom, etc., as proof that humans are not intended this basic right to self-preservation.
I submit that we were definitely given such a tool — our brain. We have the ability to reason and to fabricate and use tools. In addition, we have the ability to discern between right and wrong.
The right to self-defense is inherent to every living thing. The methods may vary, but it is a natural right and cannot be granted by man nor government.
Hopkins refers to our Bill of Rights as “granting” this and other “privileges.” This couldn’t be further from the truth.
Our Founding Fathers, that “radical group of white men [sic] from the 1700s,” were simply stating what they believed to be universal, God-given, or natural, rights. They even argued over the fact that including these in the Constitution could imply that they were granted by the government and, therefore, revocable.
There was a lengthy discussion about this and, in the end, it was decided that these inalienable rights were so important they needed to be reiterated in that document.
In addition, it is the right to keep and bear arms that ensures Hopkins’ First Amendment right to speak her mind in opposition.
Those disjointed clauses of the Second Amendment that she refers to are not simply about one’s right to survive. They are, instead, a statement of every American’s responsibility to defend our great nation against all threats, foreign or domestic.
As for me, I will stand by the entire Constitution and Bill of Rights as one of the most intelligent documents ever written by humankind and the bedrock of our republic
And I will agree with Lance Hunt (“Gun ownership is an inborn right,” March 12 letter) that words on paper cannot grant or deny one’s right to self-preservation.
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