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Guns and the Trail

Keep the Saucon Rail Trail gun free.

The question proposed on Hellertown-Lower Saucon Patch was, " ?" The question proved very popular. At the time of this writing (Thursday, June 28, 2012) there were 77 comments on Patch on the question, and the accompanying poll had received 1,092 votes, with 58 percent favorable to guns on the trail, 4 percent favorable provided the guns were out of sight (this makes a difference?), 13 percent unfavorable to guns on the trail but OK with carrying guns elsewhere, and 22 percent against guns on the trail, period. It takes a brave or stupid person to oppose such a large majority of gun carriers, especially since . Fortunately, I am 84 years old and risking my life is not really a problem, although I do worry about . . An electric fence prevents her from reaching the trail itself. Who knows when one of these brave patriots will take a shot at her out of annoyance?

The numbers are not surprising. As of 2007, the United States had the highest per capita ownership of small arms in the world (88.8 percent). Its nearest rival was Serbia with a per capita gun ownership rate of 58.2 percent. (The lowest, by the way, was Tunisia at .01 percent.) After all, the United States Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) held that the Second Amendment contained an individual guarantee of the right to bear arms. The amendment reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Until this recent 5-4 decision, the amendment had always been interpreted as not applying to individual citizens.

Oh well. I guess we will all have to live (or die?) with it. The gun lobbies and a noticeable number of my fellow townsmen argue that guns do not kill people, people do. Absolutely true. The problem is that people sometimes act irrationally. If somebody goes crazy, he usually reaches for his handgun if he has one. He does not, as some Patch readers suggest, reach for his screw driver. The chances of someone carrying a screw driver on the trail are infinitely small.

The irony is, as the policeman referred to in one of the Patch responses said, Hellertown is not really interested in prohibiting handguns on the trail, but rather is very much interested in preventing hunting from that purportedly . Now that I know, I am already terrified by large numbers of citizenry marching close to my house, but the thought of hunters shooting at or around my home is just too much.

Warning, oh gun carriers. I am currently negotiating with an unregistered arms dealer to buy a surplus tank and appropriate ammunition. If things work out, I will park the tank on the trail near my house. The devil takes the regulations preventing the use of the trail by motor vehicles. After all, the Second Amendment allows guns on the trail, nevermind whether they are mounted in vehicles or not, perhaps because they can be part of a “well regulated militia.” Right?

Liberalism is a mental disorder July 16, 2012 at 04:52 PM
He's a liberal clown. Hard to tell his writings from alzheimer induced ramblings. But, at the end of the day, his column will produce no effect. Like most liberals, he never actually gets anything done. We can still carry in Pa, and that fact that he doesn't like it is just oh so very "too bad".
Arthur Joel Katz July 17, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Liberalism is a Mental Disorder: I restrained myself from engaging in any dialogue with you on the grounds that you are an obvious nut. However, I can’t resist replying to your challenge: Read , if you can, the history of 2nd Amendment litigation as set out in Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2nd_amendment)). At to your point about the possession of so many guns by U.S.Citizens resulting in a lower murder rate than other countries, Great Britain does not permit guns----it has no Second Amendment---and the murder rate is much lower than in the U.S. There are 25 countries in the world with murder rates lower than the U.S. including Canada, Germany and Japan
Arthur Joel Katz July 17, 2012 at 01:07 PM
Mickey: I don't wish to take up our debate again, However, I noticed this comment in one of your earlier messages. "he Supreme Court's highest agenda is to accurately interpret the law. The President, though appointments, can try to sway the overall political agenda of the court, but they are first and foremost judges, not political puppets. I may not agree with all of their decisions, but they have forgotten more about the law than folks like you or I will ever know." Forgive me if I say that the fact that the S.Ct. judges know more law than you and I do doesn't come close to explaining how they have decimated the Constitution by decision like Citizens United. Read the opinions and see whether you are persuaded. That is what opinions are supposed to do. The Founding Fathers must be rolling over in their graves when the court accepts the argument that corporations are persons just as individuals are.
Micky July 17, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Really folks? We have devolved into mud-slinging and name calling? Look, there's no need for us to 'win' this argument. We aren't going to change Mr. Katz's mind, and honestly, that's fine by me. If he's happy living the way he is, then we should let him. His life isn't our concern. We don't need to 'win' this argument anyway. The law of the land is: we are in the right, and trying to stop us from exercising our rights is wrong. Period. Let's just put this all to bed, name calling, mud-slinging, hoplophobia and all.
Liberalism is a mental disorder July 19, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Learn to read Katzy... I said over the last 30 years IN THE U.S.... GUN OWNERSHIP has more than doubled and the murder rate has been cut in half. That's called a NEGATIVE correlation. The more guns we have in the U.S., THE FEWER GUN MURDERS WE HAVE. Can you read you nut wad? So explain that negative correlation to all of us. Tell us how it is that more guns equals less murder. I am still waiting to a link that shows the Supreme Court ruled that the 2nd amendment does not give an individual the right to own a gun. I don't give a hoot what some liberal whack job district justices rule. AND of majestic lawyer... tell us.... Is the Bill of Rights a list of rights that INDIVIDUALS have in the United States, or the rights the states have. And MORON that thinks the 2nd amendment means that a state can have a National Guard must also think that the 1st amendment must protect the right of the STATE to say or print what it wants... BUUUPPPPTTTTTTTTTT...... there goes another diaper.....

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