The Tribune recently published a letter by a self-described hunter who admits he no longer hunts. The author of that opinion mischaracterized modern hunters and the Second Amendment.
Let’s start with his mischaracterization that the Second Amendment is about hunting.
The authors of the Constitution had just defeated the largest superpower on the planet. That war began as civil disobedience and a series of protests including the Boston Tea Party but became a shooting war when the British crown sent the army to confiscate American weapons. The shooting started at Lexington and Concord, when British troops tried to take rifles and cannon but patriots stood their ground and fought to defend them.
To suggest that the Second Amendment is about hunting rights is one of the most egregious lies I have seen about this issue.
The letter writer then goes on to ask a series of questions that follow his false premise. The response I would present to each of those questions is the same: “shall not be infringed.”
The truth is that the Second Amendment is about the human right to defend ourselves.
How dare anyone place restrictions on how we defend our own lives?
What would you tell the 20-year-old woman who has a crazy ex-boyfriend stalking her? “Sorry, you’re not 21, so you can’t defend yourself with a firearm.” How cold-hearted and cruel?
What do you tell the Texas hero who used his AR-15 to defend his community from a murderer in Sutherland Springs?
Christopher Muller, Onalaska