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Letters to the Editor Monday, May 2


Get criminal gun dealers off streets

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch editorial (“Gun lobby still resists reasonable reforms”) published in The Gazette on April 14 lauded Joe Biden’s unconstitutional executive order banning firearms assembled without serial numbers. The editorial curiously equated “law and order” with an infringement on a citizen’s right to keep and bear arms.
The firearms manufactured in the Colonies and early in the Republic, when the Constitution was drafted, were not serialized. The military serialized firearms after the Civil War.
Firearms produced for private sale were not required to have serial numbers until 1967-68. Therefore the “arms” protected by the Second Amendment were all unserialized.
The large cities and the states dominated by the Democratic Party have willfully ignored and/or refused to prosecute the possession of firearms by drug dealing felons.
These felons carry tens of thousands (perhaps millions) of serialized handguns are on U.S. streets killing about 24,000 of people per year.
Almost all of these firearms are purchased with money generated by the sale of illegal drugs.
The answer to reducing firearm deaths is getting armed drug dealers off the street.
Instead, the Democrats try to distract us by banning a law-abiding hobbyist from buying a recreational firearm.
Art Henningson

Ignorance, stupidity is killing democracy

Everyone with an opinion has a right to exert it. I can only state my opinion that Marjorie Taylor Greene and her ilk are mentally challenged.
Anyone who shares her beliefs can be described as having a reactive personality.
The First Amendment gives them the right to say stupid statements such as Democrats are pedophiles and baby eaters.
Because of political immunity, mental Marjorie can get away with this.
Without analytical reasoning, the insurgents at the Capitol could not know they were doing treasonous acts. If anyone is at fault, I would say it was their idol, Donald Trump.
My daddy always told me “Don’t follow anyone’s lead. Think for yourself. Question, question, question and you will gain wisdom.”
I’m 73 years old and have had to give civic lessons to 40-year-olds.
By the way, civics is not taught in schools in my area.
Mitch McConnell, the minority leader of the Senate, said Donald Trump was guilty after his second impeachment.
His idiot militia is trying to kill democracy with ignorance.
Jeff Pelky

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