Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — Restore national dignity
Today’s United States begins to resemble an oligarchy. Legislators ignore our will; we fail to command their attention. The current president, fond of citing Lincoln, overlooked this: “The legitimate object of government, is to do for a community of people, whatever they need to have done, but can not do, at all, or can not, so well do, for themselves — in their separate, and individual capacities.” (1854)
The Founders sought through the Constitution to safeguard the right and responsibility of individuals to live as they see fit, barring infringement of the rights of others to so do. Freedom does not inhere in taking from one person’s closet or table and awarding that taking to another. We are entitled to neither the wealth nor the suffering of others but to the pursuit of happiness and success through natural gifts and effort. That is the “entitlement” government is charged with protecting.
The privilege of being born here comes with responsibility for knowing U.S. history, especially the supreme law of the land. Vaclav Klaus, former president of the Czech Republic said, “Climate is okay. Freedom is in danger.” Only we can turn aside the danger and restore individual and national dignity.
Won’t effect crime
In regards to Linda K. Brundage’s Sept. 26 op-ed “Michigan must not wait for its Sandy Hook,” I’ll make this short.
1) Background checks on ammunition is ridiculous and the Navy yard shooter bought his shotgun with a background check.
2) “Assault rifles” are the least-used weapons in violent crimes in the country. The FBI stats show that eight out of the top 10 firearms used in crimes have a capacity of less than 10 rounds. And, since this is obviously a reaction to the Navy yard shooting it should be pointed out that he used a five-round capacity pump shotgun.
3) Product safety standards on guns are among the highest of any industry.
4) All major mass shootings have happened in a gun-free zone as she is proposing, including the Navy yard.
5) The fifth point doesn’t even merit a response ...
This year’s Centers for Disease Control study concluded that the measures proposed in her piece will have no noticeable effect on crime. Punishing the 99 percent of legal, responsible gun owners for the actions of people who will refuse to follow laws anyway is simply ignorant.