I write to confess. I confess that I believe that all rights granted to us by our Constitution are God-given and inalienable. I confess that I believe that we are all to be considered innocent of crimes until proven guilty in a court of law. I also believe that all laws passed by our representatives are intended to be enforced by those we charge with doing so.
The recent Florida shootings show that the system of law enforcement was broken or ignored regarding the school and the shooter. News reports now point to a failure at the federal level as well. A federal program, called the Promise Program, put in place by President Barack Obama, may have led to the shooter passing a gun buyers' background check. This program granted money to schools and the local police if crime stats indicated less crime in the schools.
How are low crime stats achieved? Enforcement of laws? Nope, it appears that in this case, by not reporting low-level crimes, crimes that may have been committed by the shooter. Crimes that may have caused him to fail the background test had they been reported! But now, I, and members of the NRA, in spite of the above, are being accused (along with AR-15s) of being responsible for the shooting. Where in the Constitution or where in any laws of this land, does it allow for the innocent (NRA members) to be called guilty for crimes they did not commit? And a gun guilty?
No one's First Amendment rights allow for false accusations, regardless of one's emotional state. But if we or our ARs are supposedly guilty of this recent crime, then maybe Obama, along with those who elected him, are guilty as well.
David Staloch, Beulah