Arguments put forth by writer Walter Williams recently in his
editorial “Why the 2nd Amendment” (Jan. 4) are so disturbing,
frightening even, that they must be answered. Hunting, recreational
target shooting, self defense are all reasonable reasons for gun
ownership. But should a reason be, as Professor Williams declares, for
people to “preserve the spirit of resistance?” What? Against our own
democratically elected government? This sounds ominously like treason —
and something that was settled by the Civil War. What is he thinking of?
government in this country at all levels is not something imposed by
some alien force! No, it has been elected by the will of the people. If
some people don’t like the policies of a particular governmental body at
any particular time, it is up to them to get busy and persuade others
to their way of thinking and elect different representatives at the next
We don’t take up arms in this country because we happen
not to like current governmental policies. Thank goodness! To think
that a professor teaching at a major U.S. university would imply that
resistance to our government is the real reason for the Second Amendment
is downright scary.
If not so disturbing, his arguments would be
seen as ridiculous. Were it actually to come to a group of citizens
against the U.S. military, guess who would not have a prayer of a
chance? Those people at Waco, Texas, a few years back learned the answer
for sure. Professor Williams should concentrate on being an educator,
not an agitator.