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Letter:Emontionalism has no place in law, justice

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From: Gregg Macklin


Received Sept. 9

I am amazed at the lack of understanding of our own history as expressed here in the Opinion Pages of The Republic.

For example the letter of Sept. 9 from John Vanderbur. His understanding of our Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment specifically is proof enough that he has no clue what the meaning is behind the Shot Heard ‘Round the World on April 19, 1775, at Lexington and Concord.

Mr. Vanderbur is incensed when a political party printed out facts and dispersed them in a flier for the public to see, read and understand. Objectivity is the last thing Mr. Vanderbur wants.

His idea of “having looked at this from an objective manner” is to toss out all objectivity and go straight to emotionalism by asking you, the reader, to Google “Sandy Hook.” There is nothing objective in such examples. Emotionalism is not logical. Emotionalism is not rational. Emotionalism at its core is unjust. And lastly emotionalism is for those who cannot take the time to study the issues and articulate the facts. They do not know why our Constitution was written in the first place, let alone the details of each article and clause.

What is truly sad about these types of letters is the ignorance of our history, Constitution and our laws. Sadder still is that this ignorance is self-induced.

Adams, Jefferson, Washington, Madison, Franklin and hundreds of others beg to differ with the emotionalism against the right to bear arms. They supported the right to arm in their writings and speeches. They placed no limits on the right and were clear that there should be none.

Two quotes from Jefferson:

“Laws that forbid the carrying of arms ... disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. ... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” (Quoting Cesare Beccaria)

“The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try to take it.”

The truth, Mr. Vanderbur, is that I can quote thousands of facts from the Founding Fathers on the right to arms. I can further support their stand with as many pages of history, their reasoning for penning that right as irrevocable by any American government. I will live my life by the irrevocable truths of our history over the whims and changes of emotional ignorance.

Emotionalism cannot serve justice to anyone and therefore has no place in the law.

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