I was interested to read two articles in The Washington Times recently in which Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat, comments on the Constitution.
In “Top Senate Democrat warns against police use of drones” (Web, Wednesday) he stated, “We make a tragic mistake if we think giving up more and more of our privacy will make us safer.” In “Leahy: Abolish mandatory minimum sentences” (Web, Wednesday) the senator supports eliminating private sales of personal property (the “gun show loophole”) and limiting high-capacity magazines, stating, “Are we really saying as a nation we’re going to be more protective of the deer than we are of our children?”
Our elected representatives should go back and review their oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Doing so might actually make them see we defend only our favorite liberties at our national peril. While I applaud Mr. Leahy’s hard line in defense of the Fourth Amendment, he gets an “F” for his knowledge and defense of the Second Amendment. If he would simply have said, “We make a tragic mistake if we think giving up more and more of our guns will make us safer,” he would fulfill his oath to “support and defend the Constitution.”
If we trade liberty for safety, we will end up with neither.
Bossier City, La.
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