Government can control an unarmed populace too easily

Monday, April 29, 2013
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Government can control an unarmed populace too easily

The Second Amendment, guaranteeing us the right to bear arms, is an extremely important right in order for us to maintain our freedoms.

Why is that, you may ask? Our Founding Fathers ranked the right to bear arms as the second most important right -- just behind freedom of speech. Why? They knew European history because that was where they were from. During the 3,000 years of European history preceding the American Revolution, only the rulers (kings, queens and members of the aristocracy) and their armies had the weapons.

The peasant class, from which most of us here in America are descended, did not. They had no freedoms and were completely dependent on the ruling class, which had all the power.

Consider this: From the time of the Trojan War to the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the only major technological improvements were the size of sailing ships, effectiveness of weapons (including guns and cannons) and the invention of the printing press.

Notice the improvements that have been made, mostly in America, since "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" were guaranteed by the Constitution -- from sailing ships to spaceships, and from the printing press to the Internet.

Why? Because government's role was to protect and assist "we the people," not control us. Government couldn't control us; we had guns.

Government's role appears to be changing rather rapidly, unfortunately. We are becoming a regulation nation. Government is currently seeking to control our behavior, from Obamacare to restrictions imposed on the private sector and free enterprise, to what we can eat and drink.

And now, the Second Amendment is under attack. Gee, I wonder why?

Richard W. Colyer


SICM's day of service an unqualified success

I would like to thank the many people who contributed to the success of SICM's [Schenectady Inner City Ministry] third annual day of service April 13.

Over 75 volunteers representing various congregations, the community, students of Phi Gamma Delta and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship of Union College, and the Franciscan Center of Siena College came together to spruce up seven of Schenectady's parks.

Thanks to the effort and time of all these individuals, the park sites for SICM's summer lunch program have a jump-start on being clean, safe environments for the children of Schenectady to enjoy their lunch this summer.

Special thanks to Faith United Methodist Church members for hosting a pre-workday breakfast, and to [Schenectady's General Services] Commissioner Carl Olsen and his staff for providing assistance with collecting trash and lawn refuse, and for checking at each site to make sure things were in order.

Also worth noting is the coverage the various media provided to showcase some "good news" in the city! All those involved proved the difference a group of committed individuals can make in the community!

Janet H. Mattis


The writer is SICM's community outreach and internship coordinator.

One good vote for Barack Obama deserved another

Re Charles Locurto's April 22 letter, "Obama betrays seniors with Social Security cut": Charles has reached the spry young age of 93 -- God bless him. He voted for Obama at 93. Again, God bless him! He did the right thing.

This letter is to assuage Mr. Locurto's worries. One, the chained CPI (Consumer Price Index) would result in an annual loss of $1,000 after 20 years. This is substantial, but has no hope of happening. Social Security has nothing to do with the deficit and there are many easy fixes, but I digress.

Obama's reasoning for this offer is to show the intransigence of the Republicans to agree with him on anything. He is trying to pick off enough Republicans (17) in the 2014 mid-term elections to win back the gerrymandered House.

I wish to commend Mr. Locurto for exercising his civic duty in 2012, and hope he is able and willing to vote in 2014, 2016 and beyond.

Philip Alexander

Ballston Spa

Gun foe's conclusion about mass murder was absurd

Re Ted Thompson's April 23 letter on guns: He states, "For the National Rifle Association to insist that every citizen has the constitutional right to be equipped for mass murder [simply indicates how sick our society has become]."

Assuming Mr. Thompson was born with male genitalia, does that make him equipped for rape? I doubt it.

Where does the stupidness stop?

James Hale


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April 29, 2013
1:46 p.m.
justapto says...

Richard Coyler; Seriously! You believe that having your own AR15 will protect you from tanks, quad 50s, rockets, drones, and air strikes? And who is going to attack you; fellow citizens who volunteer to join the military and take an oath to uphold the constitution.
Have you been in the service, the reserves or how about the boy scouts? This extreme fanatic paranoia to play Rambo and kill trees with bullets has got to stop. Stick to your video games and let the real men who have the training, professionalism and mental stability be properly armed. They don't need more nuts with super guns to worry about.

April 29, 2013
2:09 p.m.
albright1 says... you really believe what you post? or do you just like reading it after you do? 50 to 100 million Americans with guns is a force to reckon with. Believe that at least.

April 29, 2013
2:11 p.m.
asvenson says...

Sorry, Mr. Coyler, but you need to do your research--life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness were granted by the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution. And the right to bear arms was to granted to create a militia at a time when we had no standing army.

April 29, 2013
6:03 p.m.
wmarincic says...

"You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass." is a quote by Isoroku Yamamoto, Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy during World War II. Of course it was originally stated in Japanese, this is the English translation.... It should also be noted that they had planes, tanks, bazookas back in WWII.

April 29, 2013
6:47 p.m.
Phils2008 says...

asvenson, Your superior knowledge ended at the period after Constitution. You spew your liberal interpretation of an amendment you don't understand. Either that or you are just trying to convince the other dolts in your party of what you say. I guess if you can convince the lazy factually challenged prototypical Democrat that the second amendment was to create a militia, then I can convince them that Obama really was born in America.

April 29, 2013
6:57 p.m.
Phils2008 says...

Hey Philip, rather then just blather about social security using dnc talking points, maybe you could check out the "Trustee" report. Let me see, I think they say the payout was 45 billion more then they took in. To a Dem I understand that's not a deficit, but to people outside of the liberal fantasy world, it is a deficit. You go ahead and keep voting for liberal loons. The sooner this system collapses the better off we'll all be. Cant wait to see what the freeloaders do then.

April 30, 2013
10:09 a.m.
wmarincic says...

Philip Alexander Actually the CPI has everything to do with Social Secuity as SSI increases are tied to the CPI and Cost Of Living Index. Please learn before you speak.

April 30, 2013
1:07 p.m.
mad97dog says...

There are over 14 million hunters in this country. That is larger than the 10 biggest armies of the world combined. The UN wants a new world order which is controlled by one central goverment. Agenda 21 people! Thats what gun control is about. They pushed these laws onto us under the shroud of security. I sure feel much safer you?

May 2, 2013
6:06 a.m.
tues8capt says...

After reading so many of these letters re: the firearms issue, it's obvious that we all have our own opinions, as I do. I believe that it is our God-given right to protect our families, our property, ourselves. NO ONE, not any individual, not any group, not any political party, not any government, has the right to limit, curtail, circumvent, or otherwise abolish our inherent rights and personal freedoms. If you believe, like the 46 Senators (including both NY Senators) who voted to give away our rights on the UN Small Arms Treaty, that this is not true, then woe is you. But this is only my opinion.

May 2, 2013
11:53 p.m.
tplansing says...

tues8capt, I agree with you 1000%! I have read so many of these letters and many more from other sources in print and on the net. I to believe that it is a God given right to protect our families, our property, and ourselves. For 26 years I tried to protect the people of this state, and of the village that my family now resides, and the most I ever got from any one was, called an unkind name when their problem could not be fixed like it could be on CSI, NCIS, or any of the other cop shows where a crime is solved in one hour. Then to my amazement one day I receive an email from a trusted friend and attached to that is a list of all of our federal government leaders who are either wanted for crimes they have committed, or other violations of law that they have committed which includes one of our own senators who was arrested for DWI in New York State, no less. And we have to rely on people like this to vote for our federal laws, like the UN Small Arms Treaty. Then we have people who praise these politicians for their work, reelect them for more terms, and for what? So, they can live off our tax dollars, and vote to take more of our freedoms away? Like you say, "Woe is them!" when they no longer have the freedoms to do the things that they were once free to do without worry of being arrested, or challenged by authorities. When those days come, I will protect my family, I will protect my home, I will protect by belongings, I will stand up for my rights, my question is, will they stand up for their rights, or cower in a corner like a scared mouse waiting for the cat to attack?

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