Letter to the Editor: Second Amendment Thoughts

By William C. Mead
Los Alamos

I have been deeply saddened by the recent tragedy in Newtown, Conn., Nobody should have to endure such senseless violence. And Newtown is only one of a string of recent mass murders.

My views of gun ownership have become more definite. As a result, I have created a petition on the White House petitions site, “We the People” (WtP), displayed below. I hope you will carefully consider the issue. The rationale for my view is discussed on CNN at http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-899792

I understand that many Americans do not agree with my viewpoint, perhaps including yourself. If you disagree with this petition, you can find several petitions on the WtP website that reflect various viewpoints on gun ownership and regulation.

One petition asking for gun-control action has obtained more than 200,000 signatures. It is probably a significant influence in causing President Obama to create the task force under Vice President Biden.

You will find the Second Amendment petition at http://wh.gov/RJGT

It is necessary to register on the site in order to sign. The petition will not appear to the public until it receives 150 signatures. If 25,000 signatures are obtained within 30 days, the petition will be forwarded to the White House for consideration.

There is an enormous gap between current signatures (9!) and these goals, so I have little hope that this petition will “succeed.”

Even beyond petitions, it is hard to say where the discussions, legislative deliberations and legal struggles will end up. Your voice might help.

We petition the Obama Administration to:

Revise the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to allow further restrictions on gun possession and licensing.

Citizens of the United States of America have suffered repeated tragedies as a result of licensed guns owned by fellow citizens. The slaughter of children and adults at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Mass., is the latest such event. We do not believe the Founders of this nation had this consequence in mind when they wrote the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. We further believe that citizen ownership of guns with high fire-power is not in the best interest of all U.S. citizens. We therefore urge that a constitutional amendment be initiated to replace the Second Amendment in order to enable legislation that further restricts the rights of Americans to own and use guns.

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