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Unfortunately, Kenneth Kowald’s Jan. 17-23 article “NRA has no right to dictate who should live and die” is filled with the same illogical, irrational cliches we have been putting up with for years from the anti-gun extremists.

He asks if anyone should have a weapon except for sport and hunting? Why don’t we ask if anyone should have a baseball bat except if you are a pro ballplayer or a hammer except if you are a carpenter? It is a fact that more people are murdered by bats, clubs, hammers and knives than by rifles of any kind. So I guess we should enact knife control except if you are a chef.

Secondly, according to the law, I do not have to justify why I want to own a firearm. The burden of proof is on the government to tell me why I cannot, but most astonishingly Kowald says he knows what is in the U.S. Constitution, but let us get past that.

Let us get past that? What other parts of the Bill of Rights should we get past because Kowald does not like them? Freedom of speech? Freedom of the press? Right to due process?

He then says that the Constitution is not the Ten Commandments — fair enough — and if you do not like the Second Amendment, then go through the amendment process and change it. In the meantime, it is the law and you cannot just choose to get past it.

The National Rifle Association is not five guys in a room trying to direct our lives. It is made up of millions of ordinary Americans, like me, who want our concerns represented in Washington. Neither you, Kowald, nor any of the anti-gun fanatics have the right to dictate what rights we are entitled to and which rights can be ignored, especially my right to protect myself and my family.

John LaPorte

Whitestone

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Kenneth Kowald from I Sit and Look Out says:
Mr. LaPorte: Thank you for your comments. While the text of the column is mine, the headline is not mine, if that makes a difference.
I think the discussion of guns and violence is long overdue and I am glad to see that it is taking place now.
You and I may not agree on this matter, but I am sure we agree it can and should be discussed in a civil manner.
As for the Constitution, I would suggest that it has been interpreted almost from the day it was written and will continue to be so. That is part of the American judicial process.
Again, thank you for your comments.
Kenneth Kowald
Feb. 9, 2013, 8:19 am
Lou from Bayside says:
Excellent letter, right on TARGET by Mr. LaPorte. All you other anti gun, anti second ammendment schmucks out there should be more concerned that your federal govt has recently purchased billions of hollow point ammunition for "Domestic use". With the courts now stating that the government can kill American citizens with drones, without due process this is what all you government loving schmucks should be concerned with.While you admire Obama, Bloomberg and Cuomo and all the other fiends who danced on the graves of the Sandy Hill children to advance their twisted agenda , remember that Jefferson stated that the second ammendment was there as a last defense against tyrants. The above mentioned fiends are as tyrannical as you can get!
Feb. 9, 2013, 10:36 am
Kenneth Kowald from I Sit and Look Out says:
Lou: Good to hear from you again. Thank you for all your comments about the column. That's what civilized discussion is all about.
Kenneth Kowald
Feb. 9, 2013, 4:50 pm

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