Founders sacrificed lives for U.S. freedoms
TO THE EDITORS:
Our founders sacrificed their fortunes, honor and lives for the belief that we the people and our personal freedoms are worth dying for. Furthermore, our Bill of Rights was written to ensure that the people are the head and not the tail of an oppressive government.
I find it naive at best that what Don Rossi stated in his letter, Feb. 6, "... those gullible folks who fear their own government and fantasize that they live in a 17th century environment.'' Our rights were secured at great cost to prevent a tyrannical government from taking our freedoms. This is not a fantasy, but a fact of history.
Additionally, Bill Devins asserted in his letter on the same date that, "More guns equals more deaths -- this is an indisputable fact.'' Mr. Devins should investigate the readily available U.S. statistics which report that gun murders, aggravated assault and gun robbery are at some of the lowest rates in recent years, when, during the same time period, gun ownership in the United States has almost doubled.
If law-abiding citizens are prevented from owning firearms, as guaranteed by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, then criminals will be the newly armed majority.
So yes, people are more important than guns. And by the way, firearms, legally owned by U.S. citizens, are not to be confused with weapons of mass destruction.
Julius P. Goslin