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Thursday, August 27, 2009

What Part of "shall not be infringed" do they not Understand?

I wrote this "letter to the editor" submission to my local newspaper this morning. The content should be self explanatory.
Do lawmakers ever consider the Constitution when they make laws?

I was saddened when I read that the county commissioners voted by 14-3 to opt out of the state law allowing for gun carry in county owned parks. How can you opt out of a law when doing so amounts to a violation of the Constitution?

In case you haven't read it, the second amendment says, "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." What part of "shall not be infringed" do the lawmakers not understand?

It disturbs me that carry permits are required in the first place. The requirement for the permit itself violates my constitutional rights.

The Constitution aside, common sense should dictate the course of action. A law prohibiting carry is only going to be obeyed by law abiding citizens anyway. Criminals are going to obtain and carry guns illegally. Laws that prohibit my carrying a weapon indeed increase the risk to my family and me. Basically the law is prohibiting me from defending myself.

It would be nice to see a new day dawn where all our representatives and executives (including the president) would start following the constitution. With the present situation in Washington D.C. it would seem they have thrown that proud document out the window.

Thomas Hamilton M.D.


  1. Unfortunately, The Constitution has to take a back seat to lobbyists and special interests such as our own ACLU, PETA, Homeland Security, Patriot Act and on and on ad nauseum.

  2. I figured you would have something to say about this. But Decatur County is not the only place that is going against these new state laws.

    Deborah F. Hamilton
    Right Truth

  3. Lizzard and Sweetness. The problem is that these politicians just muddle through at the local, state, and federal level, do these mind numbed things, and give no thought at all to the Constitution and the loss of freedom they heap upon themselves and their constituents. Obviously most Washington politicians just ignore the Constitution. What a shame for everyone.

  4. Law-makers seldom worry about the constitionality of their actions unless they feel those actions will be challenged in court---something which seldom happens. So they have almost complete freedom to impose whatever they feel they can get away with---just the way it is.

  5. Could be, Ron. Seems like the courts are not doing their jobs but rather just legislating from the bench when their ideology demands.