Volume 93, Issue 84

Thursday, March 9, 2000


Guns stop tyrannous governments

Beauty is in the eye of beholder

Not all fun and games at local bar

Guns stop tyrannous governments

Re: "You've made your bed..." March 2

To the Editor:

I am writing to comment on the editorial "You've made your bed..." This title smacks with unneeded sarcasm and appears to blame the founding fathers of the United States' constitution for this young girl's death. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The truth is, this young shooter grew up in a house full of criminals and even under the tightest gun control measures, criminals will continue to breed and raise children in environments which promote violence.

The rights of U.S. citizens are not "outdated" as the author would have you believe. Without these rights we would have a police state. Then the U.S. would be no better than the communist or authoritarian states of the past and present.

These "outdated" rights include freedom of the press (I doubt the author would argue against this) and freedom of speech, which isn't always peaceable either, but is no less necessary for a free society to protect than the right to protect one's family by whatever means necessary from tyrannous governments and greedy criminals. The problem lies not with the rights of citizens, but in the lack of education of what is fundamentally right and wrong.

What I would like to know, is specifically what laws would the author enact which would have prevented the death of this child. This was a household engaged in the sale of drugs – this practice carries stiff penalties in the U.S. and this did not deter them from the activity. To think that these people would obey a new law to protect children while ignoring old laws, such as those against the possession of stolen property and the sale of drugs, is naive.

As for the quote from Ghandi, which appeared at the top of this page and which I assume is associated with the editorial, I am not quite sure what holiness has to do with liberty or democracy but given the choice, I'll gladly choose liberty "dyed with innocent blood" over a flag dyed red with the blood of libertarians. People flood to the United States because of the freedom allowed there. They are are willing to put up with the error in judgments of a few in order to preserve the pursuit of life, liberty and freedom. When you erode the rights provided by the constitution of the U.S., you erode the foundations of freedom.

In closing, I'd like to include a quote by Benjamin Franklin, referring to the people in North America who chose to side with the British during the American Revolution. It seems the Canadian ideals (at least those expressed in the editorial) haven't changed much in the last 200 years. "They that give up essential liberty to obtain a little safety deserve and obtain neither."

Keith A. Patton
Master's Zoology

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