Learn why we have the Second Amendment

Response to Leigh Nielsen’s letter to the editor (Herald, June 14). Does she really believe voiding our Second Amendment rights will take guns out of the criminals’ hands? According to the Chicago Tribune, statistics prove that cities and states with stricter gun controls have the most murder and mayhem. Hello!

As Lucius Annaeus said, “... Quemadmodum gladius neminem occidit, occidentis telum est,” – a sword never kills anybody; it’s a tool in the killer’s hands.”

The whole of the Bill of Rights is a declaration of the right of the people at large or considered as individuals. It established some rights of the individual as unalienable, and which, consequently, no majority has a right to deprive them of,” wrote Albert Gallatin in 1789.

”If gun laws in fact worked, the sponsors of this type of legislation should have no difficulty drawing upon long lists of examples of criminal acts reduced by such legislation. That they cannot do so after a century and a half of trying – that they must sweep under the rug the Southern attempts at gun control in the 1870-1910 period, the Northeastern attempts in the 1920-1939 period, the attempts at federal and state levels in 1965-76 establishes the repeated, complete and inevitable failure of gun laws to control serious crime,” wrote Sen. Orrin Hatch in a 1982 Senate report.

“Historical examination of the right to bear arms, from English antecedents to the drafting of the Second Amendment, bears proof that the right to bear arms has consistently been, and should still be, construed as an individual right,” U.S. District Judge Sam Cummings wrote in U.S. vs. Emerson, 1999.

Do you understand why we have Second Amendment rights?

Rosanne Nicks

Farmington