1/18/2013 6:01:00 AM Letter: An identified right to keep and bear
Despite how the visit was advertised to the public, Newtown, Conn., Selectman Jim Gaston made a recent visit to Tucson to stir up hysteria among gun-control advocates. He is reported to have said during the visit that there is no reason civilians need to have a semi-automatic weapon.
For the selectman's information, there are thousands of objects that civilians have no need for. A short list would include libraries, cheeseburgers, public transportation, photographs, electric lights, pencil sharpeners, cell phones, scratch pads, televisions, water skis, computers, iPods, spray paint, electric cars and on and on.
Civilians don't need anything but food, shelter and defensive weapons. The Constitution identifies only one item out of so many that civilians have a right to keep and bear. That technology has aided in making significant improvements over tools, transportation, firearms and other utensils of the 18th century is immaterial. The 2nd Amendment is notice that citizens will not tolerate a tyrannical, high-handed, oppressive or overbearing government and goes hand-in-hand with an individual's right to self-defense.
Were the selectman correct in his assessment, civilians would then have no need for the right to vote, or freedom of religion and expression, or freedom from unannounced government searches of their homes, or freedom from involuntary servitude or the right to self-determination.