Urges legislators to share stance on gun issue
Published 6:14 pm, Wednesday, February 13, 2013
To the Editor:
I have one question of my local representatives: what are your thoughts on upcoming gun legislation?
I ask this through the media because we have read reams of articles and stories on gun violence and national and state law process that are in the works, also the pros and cons of national debates.
Yet we know very little of what is in the minds of our local Greater New Milford area legislators on these issues coming before them for action.
What the state legislature does will be viewed across the country. It will be our message.
Gun violence as of Dec. 14, 2012 is at our doorstep. Representative Tip O'Neill said "All politics is local."
Politicians must appeal to the simple, mundane and everyday concerns of their constituents.
It is our right and civic duty to express our concerns to our legislators. Good governance protects and safeguards its citizens and embodies that in its legislature product.
We all know there are many ideas to react and constructively respond to concerning this very clear and present danger which is evidenced in the deaths of those most innocent in our society.
We are also reminded it is our duty as citizens to speak through our elected legislators, Our political system appears hacked by lobbyists who have taken our place in speaking to legislators.
That is our fault.
Edmund Burke said, if I may quote, "All that is necessary for triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Not knowing what passion our legislators feel or expressing ours on issues is just that, "our doing nothing."
All bodies of government seem to seek guidance on this issue of gun control and the view we interpret the Second Amendment.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, for instance, has stated, obviously, the 2nd Amendment is for hand-held weapons. He points out the 2nd Amendment does not include cannons (I assume he is recognizing in the era the amendment was created, weapons consisted of cannons, mortars and muskets, and hand-loaded pistols.
But he has expressed that hand-held rocket launchers are something that might be subject to Supreme Court debate.
His comments ring a very clear calling.
Clearly, all facets of governance need to address this issue strongly with clarity and in reverence to all those who have died because of our gun culture and prospect of a future clouded by continued misuse of antiquated law or lack thereof.
It is imperative we know where our legislators stand and it seems our news media should ask such questions and demand such answers.
In the past, I've lobbied local press to have a question and answer section in print. I would also like a section that tells how our legislators voted on issues so we know what is going on and where they stand.
If they want to speak on issues in print, let them.