I was startled to read that George Bendtsen wrote, “The Second Amendment should be repealed.” Friends say this to each other, but we don’t dare put it in writing.

We don’t second guess the Founding Fathers. They held slaves and many thought the purpose of the Second Amendment was to arm the owners in case the slaves became a force against the establishment. Years later, this happened in Haiti and perhaps the Founding Fathers were prescient.

Bendtsen said the Electoral College should be eliminated. This idea has been around for decades, but a vocal minority protects the Electoral College. The League of Women Voters fought for years to eliminate this election system, but they seem to have given up. The small states get a big break in the Senate, our most deliberative body. Why should they be favored in the presidential election?

Large groups, even political parties, oppose the Electoral College without fear. Suggesting that we repeal the Second Amendment is totally different. I would like to say calling for repeal of the Second Amendment is courageous, which it is, but it is also fool hardy. Apparently Bendtsen doesn’t realize how many gun-loving crazies the Second Amendment has created.

I haven’t touched a weapon since I mustered out of the Army 67 years ago, and I haven’t felt the need to have one.

But publicly opposing the fact that people have been given the right to be armed can be dangerous.

Mary B. Gregory

Homosassa

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GMEN

Calling for repeal of the inherent right of the people to defend themselves against a tyrannical government isn't courageous, it's just plain stupid and borders on treason, Ask the people in Hong Kong how well their written assurances have protected them; ask the Venezuelans how satisfied they are with the firearm confiscations under Maduro. A repeal of the Second Amendment would surely result in a repeal of the rest. Leftists can't stand for people to have human rights they can't change on a whim - that's why they hate the Bill of Rights. They claim to love the First Amendment, but then endorse censorship of political opinions they disagree with under the guise of 'hate-speech' and mandated political correctness. Walk though a liberal campus with an anti-NRA shirt on one day, and a pro-Trump shirt the next day and you will readily determine which is more likely to suffer a violent attack.

CitrusCo Citizen

I don't understand, Mary. Why should anyone be fearful if he or she is protesting about something that is dangerous to the lives of fellow Americans? We don't live in a dictatorship (yet), and the last time I looked at the Constitution, the First Amendment still gives us the right to protest. I am not afraid of the NRA or any gun owner (my dad collected antique guns) while marching for "gun-sense". If we are afraid then they've won. And in the words of Majory Stoneman Douglas: "Be a nuisance when it counts. Do your part to inform and stimulate the public to join your action. Be depressed, discouraged, & disappointed at failure & the disheartening effects of ignorance, greed, corruption & bad politics — but never give up."

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