LETTER: Urging citizens to support Initiative 1639 regarding gun control

I would like to add my thanks to the students in Sequim and across the country for turning out to support the Second Amendment.

It is great to see students standing up for their beliefs.

I would encourage students on both sides of the gun debate in Sequim and elsewhere to get together and come up with their ideas on how to solve this out-of-control slaughter that is occurring in our schools and elsewhere.

Firearms regulation is not about taking away your right to keep and bear arms as defined by the Second Amendment.

None of the common-sense regulations that I have seen proposed prohibits a law abiding citizen from exercising the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

As I have said in a previous letter, Supreme Court Justice Scalia in his opinion upholding the Second Amendment in 2008 said that: “Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited…”

It is “…not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever, in any manner whatsoever, and for whatever purpose.”

The argument that guns don’t kill people, people kill people is half wrong.

The reality is guns kill people also, and as can be discovered by a simple search of the internet the United States is the world leader in deaths by firearms.

According to the Secretary of State’s website at https://www.sos.wa.gov, currently there is a petition circulating to put Initiative 1639 for some common-sense firearms restrictions on the ballot for November.

Since our legislators here in Washington won’t pass firearms restrictions then we, the citizens, must.

Stan Riddle,

Sequim

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