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Disagrees columnist’s view

June 27, 2011
The Daily Freeman Journal

To the editor:

In the June 22 edition of the Daily Freeman-Journal, Carrie Olson wrote a column titled, "Don't be an Ignoramus."

In this column, she defends the City Council and its recently adopted weapon-free zones that strip Webster City's citizens of their second amendment rights. Her defense of the city overstepping its boundaries is that one's second amendment rights impose on others' freedom to feel safe and live without fear. She calls on her readers to use common sense. I am forced to question if Ms. Olson has any of her own. Not only is the ordinance to ban weapons at Fuller Hall and City Hall unconstitutional, but it also creates unsafe environments, the exact opposite intention of the ordinance.

Ms. Olson talks about the second amendment right being abused by the people while in reality the ordinance enables the government of Webster City to mistreat that right. The second amendment was not created to allow citizens to use weapons in an offensive manner, but rather defensively. The weapon-free zone ordinance takes away our defense leading to the unintended consequence of unsafe environments for our children and city officials. If someone has the mindset that they are going to break the law and commit the heinous crime of murder, why would they let an ordinance not allowing them to possess a gun at Fuller Hall or city hall stop them from carrying out their mission? They wouldn't. These lawless citizens that choose to commit these crimes endanger all citizens no matter their views on gun control. The only activity the weapon-free zone ordinance will stop is that of lawful citizens from carrying weapons, in defense from those who will carry them with the intent to commit crimes.

I can see where Ms. Olson is coming from, but she must understand that no law will stop someone from committing murder if that is their intention, and the only result of the weapon-free zone ordinance will be that of unconstitutionally taking away people's defense against people who are trying to take away their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

In Ms. Olson's column she chose to quote Thomas Jefferson in order to back up her notion of using common sense, which I found ironic, because while writing Virginia's state constitution he once said, "No freeman shall ever be debarred the use of arms," and while no law-abiding citizen ever wants to use a gun to take another citizens' life, in a moment of defense it might be necessary in order to save the lives of others.

Tyler Raygor




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