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What about right to life, liberty?

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In response to the Jan. 1 letter, "Restrictions put all rights at risk": I had hoped to spend a pleasant New Year's afternoon in my garden, but I could not. I went outside, but had to run back in because of all the shooting in my neighborhood.
Whose rights are being violated here?
Isn't there something in the Constitution about the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness? How can I pursue happiness in the privacy of my own back yard when I am afraid of being shot by automatic weapons? I have grandchildren and pets; I can't let them outside. I called 911 but no one seemed interested in the situation. Why are people allowed to shoot in a residential neighborhood? What are they shooting at? Is the "government" coming to take away their rights? We could sell our place and move but who will buy a house in a war zone?
If some gun owners are so easily brainwashed by the lobbyists -- who are handsomely paid by gun manufacturers -- what hope have we for a safe life? If irresponsible gun owners can't see the danger they are to society, the government will have to step in and protect us. I, for one, will not allow my freedom to be taken from me by a bunch of paranoid anarchists with guns.
The Second Amendment is not a "roadblock to tyranny;" only responsible participation in the democratic process is. Our outmoded notion of the "right to bear arms" in a crowded and growing society is an assault on the freedom and happiness of all.
Reserving automatic weapons for the military and strict control of gun ownership is the best we can do at present to remove the danger. When we refuse to pay for mental health care while fully funding endless unwinnable wars; when we glorify violence in TV, movies and video games (some of which have a web link to the seller of the automatic weapons "played with" in the games); when gun owners refuse to keep their guns out of the hands of children and sociopaths -- what choice do we have but to curtail Second Amendment "rights?"
It is time for those of us who are fed up to stand up and be heard. Get guns off the street and out of my neighborhood!
Mary Fiddler
Oak Harbor

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