I'm writing this Memorial Day to thank all our great American veterans for their service to this great country of ours. It's not without its faults but is far and away ahead of any socialist or communist in the world. The far left liberal Democrats are trying their best to destroy America as we know it by making a mockery of the U.S. Constitution, the supreme law of the land, by passing unconstitutional laws and regulations such as gun control. The Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights is crystal clear, "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." The people is us. The "people" is us. Infringed means to encroach, trespass. More than 20,000 laws are on the books in this country now concerning guns. The Constitution says we have a right to self defense. The Bill of Rights recognizes this right, also the Bible too. Any law that does not pass muster with the Constitution is "null and void" and is not enforceable. If the truth be known, most of these killings in our country is being done by communist loving far left Democrats who want Americans disarmed so it'll be much easier to establish a dictatoship. Biden and his "Goon Squad Gestapos" Democrats would love this.

In closing, I'd like to commemorate my brother veteran who was killed in the 1968 Tet Offensive in Vietnam. He was awarded two Bronze Star Medals with oak leaf cluster and four Purple Hearts on his second tour of duty. He was a member of the 173rd airborne brigade, 503 infantry, 4th battalion Geronimo Green Berets. May God bless all our veterans who served our country. I fervently hope they did not serve in vain.

Robert Hilliard

Roseburg

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NJ

Robert, the wording of the Second Amendment is, "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." It does no good to rally only the last half of the wording and not take notice of the first. Follow this link for how the Second Amendment has been interpreted since 1791: https://constitutioncenter.org/interactive-constitution/interpretation/amendment-ii/interps/99

George Weston

What about the far right? They don't want to improve on the needs of this country. It is a two way street. Let's strive to get back to the middle, so that we can get things done for the benefit for all!

melrosereader

Mr. Hilliard, your letter is one heckuva sandwich. Two slices of appropriate Memorial Day comments stuffed with a screed of lies that dishonors those who died serving our country..

Mike

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dejadoodoo

Memorial Day in the United States is set aside for us to remember and commemorate our fellow Americans who died in the service of this country, and I will be doing this on Monday 5/31. I’m probably in the minority these days, but I remain loyal to the intent of the day – it applies to those who died in service to our country; not “Grandma”, and not vets who didn’t die – we have Veteran’s Day for that latter bunch. In my family, that includes my father, his two brothers, two more uncles on my mother’s side and myself. All served from WWII to Vietnam – and none died. I’d be lying if I didn’t say it was mostly luck.

But I don’t think you wrote your letter, Mr. Hilliard, less for Memorial Day and more to opine on gun rights. Lawfully owning legal firearms is deeply ingrained in American culture. I reject all of your assumptive innuendos about any group – political or otherwise – in this country trying to destroy America, turn it into a dictatorship, color us communist, or take away any Constitutional right. Those are cheap swings without proof or justifications.

I never paid much attentions to Biden before 2008, but I’ve never heard him ever claim that Americans should lose their right to bear arms. The discussion of who, what and where has always been the bottom line. Guns don’t kill people – people do; it’s an old saying, but never more true. Anyone who shoots targets knows that guns can be great fun. Having a good gun can save your life against an attacking animal, or help you provide food. And everyone pretty much understands how guns are weapons of war as well. I own several handguns and one rifle capable of stopping a grizzly – but that’s where I personally draw the line. Effort by anyone to remove my right to my “normal” guns will raise my resistance – but I support any effort to discuss what guns should be legally allowed. Those are two radically different topics of discussion.

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