August 10, 2016, Prescott- I find the ongoing raising of the issue of gun ownership to be one of the simultaneously most ludicrous, and most dangerous, activities of the political season. The majority of firearms owners, which included my immediate family until 2011, and still includes my son, and several friends, are sober, careful people, who have had proper training in the care, use, maintenance and safeguarding of arms and ammunition.
I had my first class in firearms safety, in 1962, as an 11-year-old Boy Scout. That class was offered by a Certified Trainer, at a National Rifle Association facility. I subsequently had training in a variety of weapons, as part of my overall training, whilst a soldier in the U. S. Army. My son, in turn, had full certified training in the use of several firearms, prior to buying and properly owning a weapon of his own.
Although I no longer own a firearm, I believe people are within their rights to do so, for the purposes of hunting, self-defense and target shooting, if that is their fancy. Where I draw the line is at the notion that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution suggests it is permissible to rise in insurrection against a freely-elected President.
It does not. The framers of our Constitution warned against tyranny- either of the elect, or by the electorate. There are many non-legislated rules and regulations, emanating from governments at all levels, with which I disagree. These have been promulgated by liberal and conservative elected officials alike. There are some rules of which I approve, while others loathe them. None of us, though, is so privileged as to kill or maim an elected official, or any law enforcement officer going about the day-to-day keeping of order. Likewise, no government official or law enforcement officer can be so obstreperous as to randomly, or systematically, engage in acts of oppression against ordinary citizens. There can be no second class citizenry.
There is a process, some parts of which are cumbersome, often tedious, for effecting change. Protest is a legitimate part of that change agency. Rebellion is not. No person, therefore, can legitimately swear to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States of America, if his/her intention is to cherry-pick its provisions. Our next President must be…..presidential. The people he/she defeats, must remain loyal to our government- and to our country.