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Letters to the editor on licensing guns, confiscated guns, Tiahrt

  • Published Tuesday, June 17, 2014, at 12 a.m.

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Why not license gun owners?

Two erudite individuals recently tried to convince me that the opening line of the Second Amendment – “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state…” – doesn’t really mean what it says. Then why did George Washington, president of a fledgling country without a standing army, decree that every able-bodied man procure a musket and a bayonet? Was the threat of “tyranny” from within or without?

The other half of the sentence says “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed” (curtailed). It doesn’t say “shall not be regulated.”

What scares me is how fanatic and paranoid the National Rifle Association and many of its members are. There is no compromise, no acceptance of any limitation. Any proposed control is met with: “Obama is gonna take our guns away!”

The only thing that kills more people in this country than guns is the automobile. You need a license to own an automobile and a license to drive one. Would it endanger the Second Amendment to ask the same of gun owners? Each gun doesn’t have to be licensed, only the owner.

Guys, nobody wants to pry it from your cold, dead hand.

JACK OTTO

Wichita

Return to street?

Former Wichita Mayor Elma Broadfoot had a program to buy guns to help reduce the number of weapons on the street. By a devolutionary twist, the Police Department now is being forced to sell confiscated guns (June 11 Eagle). Will some return to the street?

JOHN MAXWELL

Wichita

Tiahrt of old

Last week House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., lost in a primary because he was part of the problem. He supported amnesty, bailouts, clean debt-ceiling increases and earmarks – the old Washington system.

That doesn’t bode well for former Rep. Todd Tiahrt, who is desperately attempting to fool voters in order to return to a cosmopolitan life in D.C.

Tiahrt also supported amnesty when he twice co-sponsored the Dream Act, in 2002 (H.R. 1918) and 2003 (H.R. 1684). He twice supported bailouts, in the 1999 steel bailout and the 2009 Cash for Clunkers. He voted for an increase in the debt ceiling without any reforms four times (in 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2006). And then there are earmarks; Tiahrt is actually campaigning on this fiscally irresponsible and corrupting practice.

America is rejecting the old Washington that has us $17 trillion in the red. Tiahrt should tell voters the truth, but sounding like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., won’t win him any votes..

RODNEY WREN

Wichita

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