Second amendment used to confuse and polarize
Students from more than a thousand schools across the country are working tirelessly to register young voters to try and unseat lawmakers beholden to the National Rifle Association; more power to them. One difficulty they will encounter is that many Americans do not clearly understand the Second Amendment. The NRA and the lawmakers indebted to and supportive of this organization do comprehend it, all too well, and use this knowledge to keep the electorate confused and polarized. The Second Amendment was originally adopted so that Congress could not disarm a state militia, thus the Second Amendment prohibits only the national government from limiting the right to carry weapons. It’s vital that we keep this fact in mind when discussing issues (past and present) relating to this amendment. At its core was the preservation of the “citizen-soldier” (the militia); however, it does not guarantee an individual citizen’s right to keep and bear arms free from government restrictions. That’s because the Supreme Court has never found (at least to this point) the Second Amendment to be within the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment’s due process clause. Therefore each state has the authority to limit (as they should) its citizens’ right to keep and bear arms. States pass various laws imposing waiting periods, ban specific guns, place age restrictions, accessibility, storage and permit requirements, and other laws that groups like the NRA, individuals and lawmakers who benefit by association with the NRA, stand in opposition to many of these laws. The United States Congress and state legislatures (largely comprised of lawyers to whom no truth is absolute) have failed to enact adequate gun-control measures to stem the violence and murder rates escalating since the 1980s. A central question in the gun control debate is whether or not there is an individual right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment, or whether the amendment guarantees only the right of states to have their own militia, making it a community right. Assuming that the authors of the Second Amendment could not have possibly envisioned either the capability of weapons 200 years in the future or that children would kill other children with those weapons, in my view, the Second Amendment is, at least in part, moot, and desperately needs reassessing. The NRA views the Second Amendment as recognizing the right of an individual to be armed (with no restrictions) as well as community protection and to maintain a militia. Unless the Georgia Militia is forming on our border and I’m unaware of it, defending the Second Amendment in its present form in the 21st Century is absurd. The Supreme Court has ruled on only a handful of cases regarding the Second Amendment and itself often votes as partisan party disciples. Considering the United States Congress is bought and paid for and recognizing that the wording of the amendment is vague and subject to interpretation, it is highly unlikely the gun-control debate will be settled any time soon.
David L. Snell – Franklin, N.C.
Lions Club needs help with Children’s Film Festival
The Franklin Lions Club has held a barbecued chicken dinner fund raiser on the 4th of July for the past 28 years. We have fond memories of how the event evolved throughout the years. However, this long tradition must now come to a close due to many factors. It was not an easy decision for the club members. We would like to thank the community for your continued support in funding our scholarship program through this event. Because of your generosity we have been able to sustain four renewable scholarships to deserving high school graduates. In order to continue the scholarship program, we still need your assistance. The summer Children’s Film Festival held in cooperation with the Ruby Cinemas Theater will now become the funding source for these scholarships. Children in our community, some of whom might otherwise not be able to enjoy this form of entertainment, will see age-appropriate films free of charge. With this program our club will be able to serve young children while looking to the future to provide scholarships for older youth. The Franklin Lions Club needs your donations to make this a success! The movies will be shown on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. beginning on June 5, and continuing through Aug. 9. There will be new feature films every week. For a contribution of only $4 per child you may sponsor as many children as you wish. Your donation can be accepted by any member of the Franklin Lions Club or you may mail a check to Franklin Lions Club, PO Box 703, Franklin NC 28744. Donations are tax deductible and any proceeds collected above the scholarship goal will remain in our community for other club projects such as providing eye exams and eye glasses for qualified applicants. Details of the movie schedule can be found on the Ruby Cinemas Facebook page.
Jim Williams – Franklin, N.C.
Celebration doesn’t include nurses who were fired
A recent ad in The Macon County News proclaims “Mission Health Celebrates Our Nurses.” I guess that doesn’t include the nurses who were fired when Mission abruptly closed the doors to Mission Women’s Health and deprived many women of adequate health care in Western N.C.
Mike Jones – Sylva, N.C.
‘Divide and conquer’ worked for Hitler
I truly hate to say this but observing the reaction the Democrats had at President Trump’s State of the Union address it appears they are all following the path of Socialism. Democrats are so upset over a Republican winning the presidential election and they are hoping to divide the country and create chaos. Even former president Obama and his wife Michelle are busy managing resistance groups around the country. Their protest groups around the country are working to convert this country to Socialism by creating dissension and chaos. During WW-2 we had the Nazis actively working to split us apart but in that case, our people were patriotic enough to keep a lid on the problem. Now of course with social media one can organize protests for any subject, you name it and it can happen. What we see with the Democrats now is “divide and conquer.” It worked well for Hitler, Mussolini, Mao, Castro, Chavez and others who wanted to install a dictatorship. Turns out as we have recently seen it’s relatively easy to split our people apart. With social media every wacko can come out and be heard and lead a protest for some sort of supposed offense. We certainly have plenty of wacko ideas out there. Some college professors are titillated at the thought of doing away with gender identity and others are enamoured with the idea of having a utopian world where no one has to work. I’ve spoken with Democrats who believe that black Americans would be better off on a government-run plantation and yet others who believe that we need a dictatorship to run America. For a fact, Democrats seem to be a hodge podge of disconnected and illogical ideas with no clear purpose such as President Trump has provided. All this appeals to the folks who feel they were never part of anything important and who feel left out. Or perhaps because they feel they are failures in life, or simply didn’t want to work hard enough to be successful, they join with the Democrat fringe element. To top this off we have the mostly uneducated college students who would have been better off learning a trade and who follow any wild idea that is offered them. Stats show that around 80% of college students learn nothing of value with many unable to solve simple problems involving logic and reason. They are easy prey for those who promise a utopian society. Nothing President Trump does makes sense to a Democrat and one can quickly understand why. They are unable to reason and cannot deal with reality and believe me, I’ve met my share of them. Beware, however, should their attempt to create chaos succeed, it will take a powerful police state to put Humpty Dumpty back together. Any wonder why they want to disarm Americans?
Bob Wilson – Franklin, N.C.
Untruths need some correction
Do you remember the tale of Rip van Winkle, who fell asleep for 20 years? I think some people have been asleep for at least the last 19 months or so. Last week there was a letter entitled, “the truth no longer matters,” and as I read the first three paragraphs, I thought I would agree totally. But then he got to Donald Trump. Now I would be the first to admit that President Trump has his faults, especially in his past. Now the writer has a right to his opinion, but his examples of untruths relating to the president needs some correction. We all should be aware by now that not only did Obama bug Trump Tower, but he directed a spy operation on the Trump campaign beginning several months before the phony Russian dossier, paid for by Hillary Clinton, and the DNC, employing a man by the name of Halder, for about $180,000 taxpayer dollars. President Trump did have a very large inauguration crowd which was minimized by the MSM by showing pictures taken hours before any of the programming began. It is estimated that several million illegal aliens voted, with the encouragement of Obama, who got on TV, and told them to go ahead and vote: that they would not face deportation for doing so. So yes, Hillary probably did win the popular vote because of fraud. But that is beside the point. We have decided presidential elections for over 200 years by the Electoral College, not by popular vote, and this election shows the wisdom of the Founders in using this elaborate procedure so that small states would not be ignored by candidates because they have relatively smaller populations. We have learned that Michael Flynn did not lie to the FBI, by Comey’s own admission. He was simply threatened with going after his family members if he did not plead guilty. He was subsequently drained financially, and basically had his life ruined in order to try to get him to share some non-existent information about Trump-Russia collusion (which is not a crime anyway). We are learning more every day about how the FBI, CIA and other intelligence agencies colluded to spy on the Trump campaign, all without any evidence of any crime. President Trump has done a commendable job, especially in the light of all this opposition from the Democrats, some Republicans, and the mainstream, fake news media. He hasn’t signed as much legislation as he could have and would have, if the RINOS were not, like the Democrats, opposing nearly everything he tries to do. Trump is right: the Russia investigation IS a witch hunt. And not only that: it is a cover up operation to prevent the public from learning about the real collusion by the Democrats. If Mueller were concerned about collusion with the Russians, surely he would want to call Hillary in to testify under oath why the Russian bank paid her husband Bill $500,000 for a speech shortly before the Uranium One deal was approved, giving 20% of the US uranium supply to Russia, and just before the Clinton Foundation received a donation from the Russians of $145,000,000. No wonder Hillary could afford to spend twice as much money on her losing bid for the presidency ($1.2 billion, compared to $600 million). In the months since Mueller stacked his investigation crew with all Democrat donors, all Trump haters, we have learned that there never should have been an investigation at all, because there was no evidence of any crime, and still isn’t. The number of criminal counts is irrelevant because the whole investigation is based on a fraud. The FBI lied to the FISA court judge, by not telling him that the dossier was paid for by Hillary and the DNC, and that it was not verified. One of the three companies Mueller indicted did not even exist, and another called Mueller’s bluff by showing up to fight the allegations in court all the way from Russia. The number of guilty pleas only shows how many people’s lives were damaged by this corrupt investigation, paid for by the taxpayers, the majority of whom voted for Trump. The cost is estimated at $17,000,000 and rising fast. The biggest meddler in the 2016 election was Barack Obama, with his illegal spy operation on Trump’s campaign, in collusion with Comey, Clapper, Brennan, and many others. This president has inspired our allies to throw out the New World Order bankers, who have flooded their countries with refugees from places where they (the Deep State) has fomented wars to make their homes unlivable. Now many are able to return home, where they obviously would rather be. Yes, President Trump has encouraged dictators to come on their knees to the negotiating table, free their political prisoners, and destroy their nuclear arsenals. For that he should be praised, not criticized.
Ed Hill – Franklin, N.C.
Unifying Korea a good solution for U.S.
Survival of the U.S. is the only moral good for the U.S. Policies that reduce our survival chances are evil. Several measures including income inequality, declining government effectiveness, and political polarization have caused many other civilizations to collapse. They and more are present in the U.S. today. Today’s children can anticipate worse opportunity than their parents had even if the debt is the only problem. The evil beginning is marked by the distinct change in income inequality starting around 1970. The U.S. has fancied itself as Britain’s replacement of being the world cop. This role is evil for the U.S. because it is a very heavy drag on our economy. If China is a world trade competitor, it is not a world war enemy, yet. The difficulty now is that it could be either. The better analogy for NoKo [North Korea] now is not Libya, but Germany in the Reagan era. Unifying the Korean peninsula could solve the difficulty in the NoKo region from the U.S. and China’s perspectives. Mr. Kim is the puppet of China as Germany was of the U.S.S.R. China would want the U.S. army out of Korea. Trump’s actions toward China (notably ZTE) are steps in the good direction and could be interpreted as following in Reagan’s footsteps to cure global regional problems. … Mr. Xi tear down this DMZ.
John Hodge – Franklin, N.C.