Rights at risk
EDITOR: When politicians say we need a discussion about guns, that translates as, listen while we tell you how we will do away with the Second Amendment.
A U.S. Supreme Court decision from 1943 says “the very purpose of a Bill of Rights was to withdraw certain subjects from the vicissitudes of political controversy, to place them beyond the reach of majorities and officials and to establish them as legal principles to be applied by the courts.” Remember Miranda? “Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation which would abrogate them.” How about this from the 5th U.S. Circuit of Appeal? “The claim and exercise of a constitutional right cannot be converted into a crime.”
So, with those as the starting point, and the clear wording of the Second Amendment that the right of the people shall not be infringed, what is there for them to say? We choose to ignore the Constitution and the Supreme Court? That is exactly what they want to do.
We see the same politicians attacking freedom of speech, of assembly, free exercise of religion. We hear them railing against due process. Talk about guns. Just don’t touch our civil rights.
Drop the charges
EDITOR: The powers that be are working overtime to demonize Alejandra Hernandez-Ruiz (“RP mom gets medical release,” Sept. 30). She wasn’t charged or found to be under the influence of any drug: “Sobriety tests right after the crash determined she was not under the influence.” Now they say she had consumed alcohol the day before. What has that got to do with the day of the accident?
She says she was cut off by another car, she swerved to avoid it, went into the median and overcorrected, resulting in the car going into the river and the deaths of her children.
I’m glad she has been released from custody so she can continue treatment of her medical needs. Now let’s demand all charges be dropped. Hasn’t this woman suffered enough? Must we put her and her family through more trauma?
Past time to talk
EDITOR: Once again I hear in the media the proliferation and perpetuation of another idiotic phrase: “Now is not the time for political discussion” and then valiant accounts of brave responders. Let’s be honest. We are a vain, uncivilized, vile and stupid people who have brought this upon ourselves, revisiting this tragedy over and over and taking no action to prevent it.
EDITOR: The Colin Kaepernick saga was originally intended to protest inequity in the treatment of black citizens with regard to police and the shootings of black suspects. That was the reason Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem.
The now famous kneeling has turned into many paths of expression that have no relationship to the original intent. Many expressions have been misguided, as was President Donald Trump’s comment regarding the protesting football players as unpatriotic SOBs who should be fired. Many fans burned jerseys, while many athletes held arms with the team owners in a show of solidarity.