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Published: Sunday, January 6, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Constitution


No right to be safe from guns exists

Making political capital out of a deranged man's murder-suicide is what the Herald's editorial staff did in its Dec. 28 editorial, "For gun-injury research" and what Eugene Robinson did in his Jan. 2 column, "As a nation, we must stop the madness." Attacking millions of law-abiding NRA members and Wayne LaPierre will not solve the problem, on the contrary, the divisiveness the left has been promoting under the Obama regime will simply continue to split us.
Lack of space precludes a full rebuttal of the cited Kellerman data. Suffice it to say that he has manipulated data for decades in a failed attempt to show a causal link between a tool, firearms, and evil or deranged behavior. What the NRA and many others have proposed works if your goal is to save innocent lives, it doesn't work if your goal is to destroy the Second Amendment and the Constitution. For the left, the blood of innocent children appears to be too good an opportunity to miss.
No right to be safe from gun violence exists in the Constitution. What does exist is the right to defend yourself, to "keep and bear arms." If you choose not to exercise that right, don't whine because others around you in the mall or park may be protecting you, because their sacrifice may save your life. Witness 22-year-old Nick Meli at the Clackamas Town Mall in Oregon. Thank God and our founders for understanding that our lives are our individual responsibility and we can't rely on a government solution that includes taking away Constitutional rights.
Curt Greer
Marysville
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