Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Cartoon irks NRA member
TO INTELL EDITORS:
As a proud NRA member and gun owner, I took offense to the political cartoon on the Intell opinion page, March 12, comparing Wayne LaPierre of the NRA to the dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong Un.
Almost as ridiculous was Egon de Uriate's letter the same day. His constitutional ignorance is trumped only by his apparent disdain for the wisdom of the framers.
The process to amend the Constitution is clearly laid out in Article V. The Preamble to the Bill of Rights and the first four words of the First Amendment make it clear that the first 10 amendments are prohibitions against Congress (central government) to protect the states from Congress meddling in their affairs.
The security of the states depended upon militias, which consisted of armed, free people, and the Second Amendment ensured that the Congress could not usurp authority over the militias and people they consisted of and the arms they chose to use in defense of their states and homes.
My right to defend myself, my family and my property is a natural and God-given right and is not dependent on a government granting it to me. It is not negotiable or contingent on some politician's whim or vote. And it is certainly not up to anyone else's definition of reasonable.
To blame LaPierre and the NRA for gun violence is like blaming AAA or PennDOT for car accidents.
We, who make up the NRA, are responsible, hardworking, freedom-loving, God-fearing Americans, and to be culpable for the acts of crazed madmen who have no fear of the eternal ramifications of the evil they perpetrate while on this earth makes me nauseous. America has a heart problem, not a gun problem.