Letters to the editor on Second Amendment, armed teachers, GOP tantrums, war on Christmas

12/21/2012 12:00 AM

12/20/2012 4:53 PM

Enforce first half of Second Amendment

The Second Amendment says, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

We have concentrated on the second half of the amendment and pretended that the first half doesn’t exist. If we were vigilant about the first half, Sandy Hook and other tragedies wouldn’t happen so often.

If our laws provided for the “well-regulated militia” that the founders intended, we would know who has guns and how proficient they are. We would have periodic inspection, training and testing of gun owners. We can limit large-capacity ammunition clips and semi-automatic rifles that are for killing lots of people.

The argument that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people” is a lie. If the killer at Sandy Hook Elementary School had used a knife or a baseball bat, I doubt that any children would have died.

And I know the saying, “When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.” Don’t give crooks so much credit. It wouldn’t take long before their guns were confiscated, lost or unusable.

If we want to avoid another tragedy, we have to act. Write and call your representatives. Tell them to enforce the first half of the Second Amendment.

BURT UNRUH

Wichita

It’s the law

My heart goes out to the victims and families of the senseless tragedy in Newtown, Conn. I hope that they will find some sort of comfort in the days and weeks ahead.

As I watch the “talking heads” on TV, they keep asking, “Does the Second Amendment trump life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?” The answer can be found in the law.

The Bill of Rights, which contains the Second Amendment, is the law. “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” is a line from the Declaration of Independence, which is not law but rather a one-page document to inform the king of England that we were tired of him and were going to become our own country.

Part of living in a free society is having to accept the bad along with the good. The U.S. Supreme Court says that the Westboro Baptist Church has the right to free speech in protesting funerals. As much as we do not like this, we have to accept it in a free society. Same with the Second Amendment.

The Supreme Court, time and time again, has upheld the right to keep and bear arms. As much as we may disapprove, we must accept it.

Pencils don’t misspell words, hammers don’t build houses, cars don’t drive, and guns don’t kill.

STEPHEN TITUS

Halstead

Held in hearts

To the people of Newtown, Conn: Please know that every day thousands of people across the country hold you in their hearts as they prepare to go to their schools and to teach their students. We mourn with you and realize that our schools will never be the same.

DEB WHEELER

President

El Dorado school board

El Dorado

Let teachers carry

To prevent any further tragedies at public schools, three things must happen immediately. Parents must demand that administrators and teachers be allowed to carry their personal sidearms on school district property.

Secondly, all school district security officers must be armed and ready to protect schools immediately. Delays are deadly.

Finally, and most important, school security officers and administrative offices in each school must have direct and immediate radio contact with police officers who are on patrol on the streets. Calling the school administrative offices and asking them to contact the police is much too slow.

Remember that the shooters at Columbine High had been dead for half an hour before the police began to enter the building. Response time is paramount.

It is up to parents to demand that immediate action be taken to protect their children.

DOUGLAS L. WILKINSON

Derby

GOP tantrums

The unmitigated gall of our elected officials amazes me. People are fed up with their grandstanding, posturing and refusing to cooperate. Yet here we are again, with fiscal knives to our throats because House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and his henchmen refuse to work with others.

How long are we going to allow the Republicans to continue their tantrums? If these guys don’t get over themselves, we will pay the price in taxes and the loss of precious programs. And it will not be the rich who pay, but everyone else.

LEIGH ANN STUMBLINGBEAR

Wichita

Room for all

Regarding complaints about the secularization of Christmas: In the third century, the early Christians decided on Dec. 25 to celebrate the birth of their savior. At that time there already was a pagan celebration of the winter solstice that occurs around Dec. 21-23. Children’s day was celebrated then. Christians settled on Dec. 25 to dovetail into an existing festive period.

That’s great. The more celebratory, the better. But why is it that now Christians feel like they own that portion of the calendar and accuse those who wish others “happy holidays” of waging a war on Christmas? I believe there’s room for everyone.

CRAIG YOUNG

Wichita

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