Would Lloyd Omdahl agree with his statement in the March 4 paper that the Constitution did not give the national government the power to regulate guns so the national government should stay out of gun regulation, I think not.
I am sure James Madison could not comprehend the advancement in gun technology we have today but the one-shot muzzleloaders of his day were the most advanced form of self-protection. His comment about the availability of cannons and bazookas at the local hardware store is laughable. I would like him to tell me and the rest of the country where his local hardware store is located and how many cannons and bazookas they have on display.
I do not own an AR-15 but I do own a Garand of the type my father-in-law (a very highly decorated World War II veteran) carried every day for 3½ years defending this great country. I would like Omdahl to explain the difference in the operation of this firearm and the AR-15; there is none.
I also enjoy hunting pheasants and do so with a semi-automatic shotgun that also functions just like the AR-15 in that the trigger must be pulled each and every time I wish to fire it. The Constitution makes no mention of the right to hunt, just a right to firearm ownership.
The comment about an AR-15 not being the type to defend our homes is a statement made by someone who has never had to defend himself or his family. In a previous letter I stated how long I had to wait for law enforcement to arrive. There were multiple persons trying to gain entry into my home at 4:30 a.m. and for that amount of time I was the lone defender of my home and my family. I would have felt much better had I been better armed.
As law-abiding citizens we already comply with the laws of this country — only the criminals and those persons determined to commit evil do not.
Alex Neigum, Mandan