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A limited right

EDITOR: Here is what Chief Justice Warren Burger, appointed by Richard Nixon, had to say about the Second Amendment shortly after his retirement in 1991: “This been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word ‘fraud,’ on the American public, by special interest groups. If the militia, which was going to be the state army, was going to be well regulated … why shouldn’t any person be regulated in the use of arms, the way an automobile is regulated?”

The “fraud” perpetrated by the National Rifle Association, its members and complicit politicians should be called out now. Our lack of regulations on guns is based on an intentional misreading of this amendment by those who usually thump the Constitution as the foundation for their positions.

Note that there is no explicit right granted for self-defense or hunting. Many rights aren’t explicitly granted by the Constitution, and the argument that rights need to be explicitly granted is another specious argument perpetrated by strict constitutionalists only when convenient. The right to bear arms, however, clearly is a limited right, not a right for any citizen to own their weapon of choice.

JON STIFFLER

Santa Rosa

The wrong picture

EDITOR: Daily, during the updates by all the agencies reporting on progress and present conditions at the various fire locations in Sonoma County, the TV news continues to run images of the same burning homes being hosed down in Coffey Park destruction and Fountaingrove that they have shown all week. These images are imprinted in the minds of our loved ones across the country. They perceive that these are the current conditions in our community and that we are in the same danger that we were in at the worst stage of these fires.

They have failed to show in detail all the efforts of people and agencies who have come to our rescue and who have made wonderful progress in saving lives and property and containing these fires. My neighbors who are in there late 80s have children in New York and Los Angeles who are in constant fear because of the images continuously looped by the media.

Enough is enough. This isn’t the time for sensationalistic reporting without important content about the efforts of the thousands who are providing for our safety and containing these harshest events. They need to report it right.

JOSEPH MINUSKIN

Santa Rosa

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