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Monday's Letters to the Editor

Second Amendment

EDITOR: Much discussion has been reported and commented upon about violence with guns and possible restrictions on semi-automatic weapons and clips holding multiple rounds. Many supporters of continuing the present unrestricted sale of assault rifles and large clips point to the Second Amendment as legal proof that their right to keep and bear arms is sacrosanct. Let's have a look at the Second Amendment:

“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.”

Recently, sales of assault rifles and other guns have soared. People are purchasing these guns fearing that if they wait such a weapon will become illegal. I have a few questions for those who rely upon the Second Amendment:

What militia do you belong to?

How is your owning a gun protecting the “security of a free state”?

What are you so afraid of that you must own an assault rifle with a multiple-round clip?

I am afraid of these new gun owners with assault rifles who lack training and judgment.

CHARLES O. PRICKETT

Santa Rosa

A full education

EDITOR: I agree with Lori Christopher (“Supporting Credo,” Letters, Dec. 15) that students should have educational choices. However, public schools do educate the whole child. My daughter attends Rancho Cotate High, which reaches beyond meeting state requirements. She chooses from a selection of rigorous college-prep and advanced placement classes and creates her own science, gym and elective curriculum.

Public school has given her an opportunity to perform on stage, sing, compete in speech and debate, learn how to draw microorganisms and speak a second language. She belongs to clubs that teach leadership and community involvement and has seen how to win, and lose, gracefully. Rancho values service and requires 40 hours of volunteer work to graduate, although many students earn more.

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