If you pass a test to drive, why not to own a weapon?

2013-03-03T00:00:00Z If you pass a test to drive, why not to own a weapon? nwitimes.com
March 03, 2013 12:00 am

In response to the Feb. 21 letter by Patricia Van Gennep of Lake Village, where she said the right to bear arms is so we could protect ourselves from a tyrannical government, I have asked dozens of times, with no answer, just what is your AR15 or AK47 going to do against your imaginary "tyrannical government" that has chemical weapons, tanks, smart bombs, stealth fighters, heat-seeking missiles, long-range rockets, etc.?

No one is attempting to take your little gun from you, but the Supreme Court has ruled that reasonable limits can be placed on you.

What would you consider the meaning of "a well-regulated militia"? Do you think you are a member of "a well-regulated militia," or are our armed forces and law enforcement officers what the Constitution speaks of?

Please explain to us lesser informed how our leaders are trampling the Constitution and breaking our laws. What firearms are this administration attempting to deny you? Is it unconstitutional to ban 30- to 100-round clips, require background checks at gun shows and private sales, to create and enforce a federal criminal database that includes mental patients, domestic abusers, child molesters?

You are required to pass a test and register your vehicle in order to drive. Why not the same for your weapons?

- Larry Collier, Crown Point

Copyright 2014 nwitimes.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Follow The Times

Latest Local Offers

Submit a Letter to Editor

We welcome letters from readers on any issue of public interest, and make every effort to publish as many as we can and in a timely manner. The Times will publish only one letter a month from a writer, and be sure to include your name, address and a telephone number for verification. Letters should be 150 words or less. They will be edited.

Letters may be submitted:
  • Via our submission form.
  • Via e-mail.
  • Via fax: (219) 933-3249 or (219) 465-7298
  • Via mail or by hand to our offices:
    • 601 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321
    • 2080 N. Main St., Crown Point, IN 46307
    • 1111 Glendale Blvd., Valparaiso, IN 46383
    • 3410 Delta Dr., Portage, IN 46368
    • Please mark envelopes with "Attn: Letters"


Email Editorial Page Editor Doug Ross or call (219) 548-4360 or (219) 933-3357



Should struggling small school districts merge with their neighbors?

View Results