To the editor:
I have found most of the Sentinel readers to be intelligent, informed and some uninformed but open minded. This is a good problem solver group. Rarely do I see a Sentinel Reader Opinion that disserves the uninformed, opinionated and stupidity award. This I feel deserves a rebuttal.
I open with a suggestion that Dick Rhoades, in an article on Jan, 8, 2013, labeling NRA members as "total idiots" make a sincere and hurried apology to his neighbors, friends, associates and the National Rifle Association. Many of our Law Enforcement Officers, firefighters and Civil Service employees are members of the NRA and have concern - why, I don't know - for his welfare. These people are not idiots.
Let's address Mr. Rhoades' reluctance for these NRA "idiots" to spout the Second Amendment. The Constitution is apparently somewhat of a stranger to you Mr. Rhoades, or do you have the amended Social Progressive copy that mentions "hunting" with a rim fire 22 caliber rifle or a 12 gauge shotgun? My last reading of the Second Amendment was, "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."
What could possibly be meant by "Security of a free State?" Many years ago there was a ruler, who was thought to be his nation's savior and would pull his country out of a severe depression. He made some strange regulations requiring gun owners to register their weapons. He had a "Regulated Militia" we'll call the S/S Corps. When they arrived, more than the guns disappeared. These policies were enacted in every country this benevolent ruler conquered.
Today a bunch of do-gooders, politicians, the totally ignorant and uninformed Social Progressives in the Congress and the media, feel that if you are not allowed to own a gun, our nation will be a better place. They're coming close to success!
I use Chicago and Washington, D.C., as examples of gun control failure. Chicago is a city with the most stringent gun laws in the country. These are figures for the year 2012 of children up to 18 years of age. I stopped counting at the end of November. Wounded or murdered: 1 to 6 years of age, 7; 7 to 13, 42); 14 to 18, 421.
Washington, D.C., 1991 in a study by the New England Journal of Medicine, purported to show that the 1976 D.C. gun ban law decreased murders. The study used corrected numbers to exaggerate the misinterpretations but stopped when the D.C. homicide rate skyrocketed to eight times the national average and the black male homicide rate skyrocketed to 22 times the national average.
Just down the road a bit is Arlington, Va., where a city of foolish peopled have resisted gun control as being the be-all, end-all Their homicide rate is 2.1 people per 100,000 compared to Washington D.C., with 46.4 per 100,000.
There is frustration and helplessness in the face of the Connecticut massacre. It is pathetic to go off crusading for gun limitations. I use only two studies of thousands for an example of gun control failure, because of space limitations. These will probably never penetrate the dense cranium of one tenth of one percent of the readers. It is my hope that the other 99.9 percent will grab the wheel and steer us away from another European tragedy and the failure of every state and municipality that has enacted gun control.
I leave you with two thoughts Mr. Rhoades. No. 1: Should we ever have a leader who would presume to enact his gun controls over the citizens or overthrow the 22nd Amendment by executive order, get on your knees and give thanks for the 2nd Amendment. No. 2: Give some serious thought before you publically try to reinvent the wheel.
Charles E. Deibert