As I sit here reading in the July 2022 Sunset Beacon “SF Joins Nationwide Protests Against Gun Violence, Lax Gun Laws” with a copy of the U.S. Constitution in front of me, I am aghast over conclusions, references and statements given!
Of the nation’s Constitutional gun law ratified effective Dec. 15, 1791 in the Bill of Rights, Amendment 2: “The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” Politicians today think this is easy to change. Actually, it takes a Constitutional Convention and ratification of all States.
The first conclusion given is guns and firearms are now the leading cause of death of our children in the United States. Actually, it likely is by cars unsafely driven. Also, it is likely followed by women having abortions and then by house fires.
Then there is the conclusion that the same type of regulations should be used in order to get a driver’s license. I got my learners driving permit when I was 15 years old. Yet, it is recommended here increasing the minimum age to purchase a semi-automatic weapon to the age 21. My father gave me my first rifle and shotgun at the age of 7, and took me to the shooting range to show me how to use it and then rabbit hunting. Men are drafted in the military by the time they are 19 years old.
Then the story referenced President Joe Biden’s televised speech, “As a nation, we have to ask: ‘When in God’s name are we going to stand up to the gun lobby?'” Actually, the gun Lobby has trained civilians in classes, and the new Army recruits for our military. Not mentioned in the article is the fact that gun free areas are the most dangerous areas to be in. It referenced schools, churches and supermarkets, but not included parks, homes, garages and on sidewalks.
I got married at the age of 19, and then had three daughters and eight grandchildren. In my three-story San Francisco home, I keep a gun locker cabinet in the master bedroom and one in the garage. My wife added iron bars on all the windows and doors. With the open Southern border, and the gangs bringing guns and drugs with them, one should be able to carry guns with them when they go out just as the guards of our politicians!
Frank T. Norton
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