EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

February 20, 2013

Letter: Founding Fathers got Second Amendment right

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — To the editor:

Sadly, history is not taught to the same level it once was. As a result, we tend to make some mistakes that our previous generations avoided. I believe we can all agree that “those who do not remember history are doomed to repeat it” is just as valid today as it was back in 1905 when originally stated.

The founders of this country worked hard to create the Constitution and Bill of Rights that work well for most. They did not randomly create these documents but researched past civilizations to determine what worked and didn’t. They worked to truly understand human nature. They appreciated the human spirit’s desire for both freedom and security. Our Founding Fathers were successful in putting together the “Law of the Land” that insured the rights of the individual and the populace as well.

They also made provisions to amend the Constitution when needed. As it should be, it is difficult but has been done successfully 27 times. Because it is not easy, a rash politician cannot easily change the Constitution without the public fully understanding the consequences. Nevertheless, if enough citizens want to amend the Constitution, our Founding Fathers were wise enough to incorporate that provision into the Constitution as well. Two-thirds of Congress and three-quarters of the states have to ratify any changes. This methodical process and review helps expose the true nature and ramifications of any proposed amendment.

The Founding Fathers did not make a mistake when they put in the Second Amendment. They were well aware of what power will do to the people in government even when they had good intentions. The Founding Fathers, Congress and the ratifying States knew exactly what they were doing when they established: “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.” It is well documented that our Founding Fathers believed this would hold in check any attempt to take away our rights. Since they had seen the abuse of power, they put this amendment in place to help protect us, the citizens, from an oppressive government. I certainly believe they were right. Thank God for their insight.

I am sure many New Englanders know that Paul Revere rode to insure that the Redcoats didn’t take the Colonists’ weapons.

Mussolini, Stalin, Mao, Castro and King George all seized or tried to seize guns in order to control their populaces. When they got control of the citizens’ guns, they crushed freedom and fostered the most oppressive societies the world has known.

Let us not attack our fellow citizens who simply want to protect themselves. That is their right. We know that the perpetrators of these recent mass murders are insane. Let us address the real problem and help keep these demented souls from hurting others. When a person with a problem wants access to guns, it should be challenged by the local police. In nearly all the recent cases, there were warning signs that concerned the neighbors, associates, family members, peers or police. Developing a practical, effective and yet humane method of separating the potential mass murderer from the public is the only long-term solution. This is what truly would minimize chances of future mass murders and not illegally taking or restricting law-abiding citizens’ guns.

If our society does not find a legitimate way to protect us from the dangerously insane, these horrible crimes will happen again and again.

John T. Kolackovsky