To the Editor:
I disagree with Mr. Gray’s article on Balanced Legislation. First and foremost, the Constitution does not confer individual rights, it recognizes them and is established to protect them. The Second Amendment indicates the right to bear arms, which it establishes nowhere in the document, shall not be infringed. Logically, that right exists outside the Constitution with other rights. The Declaration of Independence stipulates that man is endowed with certain inalienable rights. The right to life is one of these. As a corollary, the right to self-defense is inherent to the rights to life and liberty. Therefore, the Constitution recognizes this right to be armed, protecting the right for self defense. No assumption of this right is needed. It is written in the Constitution.
And an American does not have to demonstrate need to own a weapon, a car, a house, or anything else... as long as he obtains and owns them responsibly. Nobody needs a private airplane; nobody needs a Rolls Royce; however, Americans can have these things without question because they do not have to demonstrate need to anybody. Need is not a criteria. If I want to buy a Rolls Royce, a gun or anything else, I am entitled to do so and keep it as long as I use it responsibly. When exercise of my inalienable right interferes with the rights of others, I am behaving irresponsibly and must suffer consequences: for I do not have the right to interfere with or deny the rights of others.
However, until I interfere with someone else, my rights are in fact without limit.
Auto accidents kill 2.5 times as many children under the age of 14 as do guns. Shall we limit how many cars and their size and their horsepower? No, we should limit who we license to drive them. So why are we talking about the capacity of a magazine?
We are having the wrong debate Mr. Gray. This is not about guns. It is not about knives or clubs, or baseball bats or any of the many other things that have the ability to kill if used improperly and irresponsibly. It is about self-defense and the social environment we are creating for our children to live in. We must fix the social environment and until we do we must provide the means for self defense, in this case in our schools, by providing armed protection, even as did the Sky Marshals provide when high-jacking airliners was popular.