LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Listen to those who would protect us

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To the Editor:

Amendment II of the Constitution of Our United States says, and I quote: “Right to Keep and Bear Arms – 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.” Nowhere does it say there may not be a delay between desiring an arm and actually receiving an arm. As a matter of fact, when the Constitution was written, your desire for an arm may have taken months of it had to be made. Time was not an issue when arming the people.

To listen to the current arguments for the Senate proposal to repeal the requirement for a permit to carry a handgun are at best naive. When the Superintendent of State Police, leaders of the Fraternal Order of Police, Police Chiefs assocations and county prosecutors all say don’t do this, we should listen to those who would protect us. They deal with the issue of illegal and misused firearms every day. A short wait for a permit does not infringe upon anyone’s rights whatsoever.

If the Indiana Senate and House go against the advice of the people hired by their constiuents, they are not doing what they were hired to do — pass legislation that protects their districts and the people in them. Perhaps money does talk and bullfrogs do walk.

Kenneth A. Peterson

Greenfield