Letter: Consider Second Amendment when voting

In this presidential election, you have an important decision to make. Are you going to vote for your party’s nominee? If you value your civil rights as a gun owner and believe that the importance of the Second Amendment is second only to the First Amendment, you have some soul searching to do.

Hillary Clinton has stated that she disagrees with the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decisions in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago. The central conclusion in Heller was that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. The McDonald decision made clear that this right is fundamental and applies to all Americans. Clinton said, “the Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment,” she was making clear her opposition to our individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. The Second Amendment is not about hunting. But most importantly, if she is elected she will be nominating at least two Supreme Court justices who will vote with the other anti-gun justices. That will spell the end of our Second Amendment rights as we know them today.

I can hear the responses from my gun owner democratic friends; “well maybe if we compromise a little they would back off” (from taking all of our gun rights?). Since when do we as Americans compromise on any of our civil rights? So when you vote, think about the future of your Second Amendment rights.

John Allen

Marion

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