On the health hazard argument (of gun ownership), if one looks to the research of Gary Kleck and the numbers of stopped or prevented crimes, then it is very healthy to own one. But unlike the Second Amendment, cars and tobacco are not in the Bill of Rights, and for good reason that the founders made all too clear during the debates and discussions prior to the adoption of our Constitution.

Hillary Clinton gave us a small look into the elitist view of said Constitution, when during one of her interviews she lamented the blocking of a bill by the GOP that would keep dangerous people from having firearms. It was never mentioned that both the NRA and the ACLU opposed it as it attacked not only the Second Amendment (NRA) but the right of due process (ACLU). The bill currently signed into law by Oregon's governor ignores the rights as well.

Due process is also in the Constitution and it's been ignored. Benjamin Franklin was claimed to say. "The price of freedom is eternal vigilance," and so long as there's elitists, there will be a need to be. 

Kevin Burger

Cascadia (Oct. 21)

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