The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


December 29, 2012

Do not infringe

I am writing in response to the Dec. 19 letter by John Peeler of Lewisburg, where he stated that "No right, even the right to bear arms, is absolute."

I guess that Mr. Peeler also believes that we do not absolutely have the right to freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom to worship as we please, freedom to peaceably assemble for public meetings, freedom against unlawful search and seizure, the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury of our peers, freedom from excessive bail or fines or cruel or unusual punishment, the right of due process, the right to not incriminate yourself in court, protection from double jeopardy, or if arrested, the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney, or any of the other freedoms that are guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States of America.

The Constitution and Bill of Rights were written by the founding fathers in explicit words. They meant exactly what they said and their words and ideas are sacred and should be above interpretation.

The Second Amendment states: 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.

The well-regulated militia are the responsible citizens of the United States, armed and well trained in the use of their weapons to defend their lives and property from enemies foreign (invasion by foreign armies or terrorists) and domestic (thieves and robbers, murderers, rapists, etc.), or even our own government if it becomes tyrannical (Keeping our government from becoming another monarchy or dictatorship).

Richard Reitz, Sunbury

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