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Letter: The gun advertisement was not inappropriate

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Posted: Friday, July 11, 2014 10:41 pm

This is in response to Helen Sagers’ letter, “Advertisement was inappropriate,” June 25.

Do you recall the First and Second Amendment you learned in school? Did you know it was written by our forefathers to protect the people of the United States from government? It is our right. If your memory does not recall, let me help you.  

First Amendment: Prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the people to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances.  

Date ratification completed; December 15, 1791.

Second Amendment: Protects the right to keep and bear arms.

Date ratification completed; December 15, 1791.

So, in answer to your questions: No, it was not wrong for the Lodi New-Sentinel to publish a hardworking American citizen’s ad for business. The Lodi News-Sentinel was simply abiding by the First Amendment.

Sadly, an article written in 2009 shows that the overwhelming majority of gun related crimes are committed with guns that have been stolen (from family, friends or other) and traded for drugs. Those guns are passed from criminal to criminal, sold and resold, and may very well be used in hundreds of crimes before they are recovered from someone accused of a crime.

Simply put, the majority of legal gun owners have followed the rules above and are being punished for firearm-related crimes committed with illegal guns. I believe in every American citizen’s right to own and carry a firearm as long as proper paperwork has been filed, background checks have been properly investigated and the applicant has completed a course of training (16 to 24 hours).

June Aaker

Lodi

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1 comment:

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 9:29 am on Sat, Jul 12, 2014.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2362

    Ms Aaker, I seriously doubt that the advertising department at the LNS was thinking much about the First Amendment when deciding whether to accept Lodi Guns' advertisement for placement in the upper right-hand corner of their paper. No, considering the size and location of the ad in addition to the use of some color in it, I think it was the "$" that was the deciding factor.

    Simply because guns are the only product protected by the U.S. Constitution wouldn't have much of a bearing on the matter. After all, being equally protected by the Constitution, the News-Sentinel's editors can pretty much pick and choose whatever they want to grace their pages.

    Now for anyone who might want to argue that my opinion here flies in the face of my online argument concerning the original LTE, the former has nothing to do with the latter.

     

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