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Grateful writer wants to “cool off” | Letters

January 12, 2013 · Updated 3:05 PM


I would like to respond to Rick Kiser’s response to my letter to the editor by first expressing my gratitude for allowing himself to “cool off.” Maybe if some of the perpetrators of recent atrocities had taken the same precaution and weapons designed to facilitate fast, mass killing were not so readily available this letter would not be necessary.

Secondly, Mr. Kiser implies that as a “progressive liberal,” I am over-educated and ignorant of the documents on which our government is based. This attitude, though frequently cited by conservatives, is wrong.

I am proud of my education which includes more than 40 years of government services most of which was active duty Navy as well as the more conventional learning institutions. I am very familiar with the Constitution and its amendments. It was intended by its authors to allow for change making it flexible and therefore relevant during changing times and technologies. The 18th Amendment, like the second, is an example of a well-meaning effort to modify and improve the Constitution that proved itself, in practice, to be untenable and was thus repealed by the American people with the 21st Amendment.

The nation I have served and fought for is controlled by laws masterfully set forth by our founding fathers, not a banana republic controlled by those able to buy or steal the most powerful weapons. As I stated in my previous letter, firearms are an unacceptably dangerous and inefficient means to protect ourselves or our families. If you lack confidence in our military and law enforcement and feel that you need guns to protect yourself and your rights from an over-stepping government, then perhaps you’re living in the wrong country.

Ronald Cope
Oak Harbor


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