R. Jack Panter
Vail, CO, Colorado

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January 28, 2013
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Vail Daily letter: Preserve, protect and defend

Our elected president and vice president raised their hands and took an oath to" preserve, protect and defend" the Constitution of the United States (again). All of it and not selected parts that they like!

The Second Amendment of that document, one of the cherished Bill of Rights, is very clear. "A well, regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a Free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

The right of the people to bear arms is clearly assumed. This right shall not be infringed, modified, amended, etc.

If Mr. Biden, President Obama and their congressional colleagues want to protect our schools, theaters, public places of all sorts, they have to find a better solution than to infringe on that right. No questions asked, period.

There is a wonderful play-movie-book out at the moment, "Les Miserables.

Watch it and then ask if the citizens at the top of that barricade at the battle of the Bastille would agree that they should not be armed.

That was a battle between the citizens and the police forces of the day. The police were the armed. The citizens had to fight with sticks, stones, and clubs.

This event has occurred in every dying society for the last 11,000 years, studied by Mr. and Mrs. Durant. Who are they? They wrote all 11 volumes of "The History of Civilization."

When the ruling class, king, president, etc., lose sight and contact with the real needs of the citizens, they will rise up and bring them down. That is why that amendment exists in the first place. Our constitutional designers were coming out of feudal Europe. It won't happen again, you say? Guess again.

R. Jack Panter


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