Right to bear arms older than recorded history
Just a note to add to Gerry Dooley's amusement ("Second Amendment doesn't fit our times," Sept. 21). The right of people to defend themselves was not invented by the writers of our Constitution.
It is a basic natural human right (some would say God-given) that has existed from before the advent of recorded history.
Tyrants, of course, do not respect that right because they know a defenseless population is easy to control. (Remember how Hitler managed to kill 6 million people?)
Gerry says he is amused at the efforts of us "right-wingers" to preserve that right. I am confused by the "left-wingers'" efforts to destroy it.
Refusing the right of honest citizens to have guns will not prevent gun violence. In fact, an armed citizenry can often prevent violence. The bad guys are going to have and use guns no matter how many laws are passed. Making us honest law-abiding citizens defenseless will not prevent that.
Clif Shepard, Crescent City