As of Saturday, March 9, 2013
To the editor:
Despite our 2nd Amendment right for citizens to “keep and bear arms” I am able to agree with restricting some of our “rights” — for instance, some students at a given age may lawfully carry firearms, but unless the school is having firearm marksmanship classes, the firearms should be restricted.
I am all in favor of teachers and maintenance personnel who have a lawful concealed carry permit to be armed — it might stop some unstable or unlawful person from doing something bad. It also might discourage someone from threatening teachers — I’m told it does happen.
Restricting guns in courthouses where tempers may run high also makes sense. It does seem strange to me, though, that our government seems to believe that it is necessary to protect itself from the lawful citizens of its country at federal lands and office buildings. Do they really believe that we distrust and hate them that much?
By the way, they use the taxpayers’ (citizens’) money to hire the armed guards. Oh, well, at least it gives some people a job.
I understand that at the presidential inauguration parade our marching Marines had the bolts in their rifles removed. I certainly hope we do not send our Marines or any of our armed services in harm’s way without functioning weapons.