Letter to the Editor | Gun critic keeps missing the point

Letter writer Peggy Patten’s unwarranted criticisms of Peter Tomaras’ salient Second Amendment commentary are based on flawed assumptions. Her authoritarianism would further encumber free people from defending themselves. In this world, when seconds count, law enforcement is invariably minutes away. Human beings possess the inherent right of self-preservation. In America, the Second Amendment is the most effective support for that right. For that reason the Founding Fathers universally argued our "sacred rights. … are written, as with a sunbeam, in the whole volume of human nature by the hand of the Divinity itself, and can never be erased or obscured by mortal man." Unfortunately, such fundamental truths are mocked by gun-haters and hoplophobes hellbent on imposing their dystopic police-state society, a place where criminals and government thugs outgun the citizenry. Patten unwittingly compounds her folly with her "statistical" nonsense, which presumes armed citizens don’t kill enough bad guys to justify private firearm ownership. This twisted blood lust ignores the fact that firearms of all kinds, including AR-15s, are used up to 2.4 million times a year (over 85 percent of the time without being fired) to put to flight violent criminals. Clearly, many citizens are reluctant to use lethal force. Virtually every left-wing gun-control "study" is deeply flawed because it ignores this reality, Instead, they focus on kill ratios to panders to the radical left’s anti-gun agenda. HENRY SEITER Urbana

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