Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

May 1, 2013

Gun limits needed to control violence


Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — It is amazing to me that self-appointed experts on the U.S. Constitution would proclaim that rights contained in the Bill of Rights “cannot be taken away from us.”

Obviously they do not understand the role of our court system in interpreting the meaning of our Constitution.

Fortunately the framers of the Constitution included provisions for change. Again, few if any rights are absolute. It is the job of the U.S. Supreme Court to determine which rights take president over other rights.

I still contend that my right to life, liberty and property takes president over my neighbor’s right to buy a gun to kill me. In turn, my neighbor’s right to life, liberty and property takes president over my right to buy a gun to kill my neighbor.

Most literature teachers and most reporters understand that what is written is not necessarily what is read. We each bring with us our past experience that seeps into what we write and how we interpret what we read. This is normal, and by only but a few “mush heads” is understood. It does not reach the level of a phobia or even an irrational fear or, for that matter, even anxiety.

To date I have not met anyone that believes violence can be removed from society. I have met many that believe the level of violence in society can and will be reduced and that one of the ways to do this is through government action to limit the types of firearms available to the general public.

Most also believe firearms designed to hunt North American game should be readily available to the general public.

I have not met anyone that believes a hunter needs 30 or more rounds to kill any North American animal. If there is a hunter with marksmanship so bad he needs 30 or more rounds to kill an animal, that hunter should not be allowed to hunt. That hunter is a menace to society.

 It is always a mistake to use one’s self as a basis for judging others or even the motivation of others.

Projection of irrational thought processes and irrational beliefs translated into irrational behavior can be a problem.

Bill Morefield

Princeton