First letter,8/29/10: GUN PROPONENTS OPPOSE MOSQUE; I would appreciate if the "open carry" gun proponents would explain their conflicting use of our Constitution concerning two important issues.
First, why use the Second Amendment to the Constitution to justify being able to openly carry guns wherever you want,such as the Arts,Beats & Eats festival in Royal Oak? And why has every open carry advocate that I've spoken to said that they would deny American-Muslims their First Amendment rights to build an Islamic community center near Ground Zero in New York city?
Both actions are allowed by the U.S Constitution. Yet it seems as if the open carry group, along with many other Americans, want the Constitution enforced when it supports their goals, but to be ignored when it doesn't agree with their agenda.
Our Constitution was never setup,nor changed,to work that way.It is all inclusive for the protection of each and every American, no matter what the differences are between us.
In a perfect world, both issues would have been handled in a less abrasive manner, or maybe not have had to been raised at all. But since we live in this real and imperfect world, we aren't allowed to pick which parts of our Constitution we are going to obey and which parts we are going to ignore. Always remember that just because someone can legally do something doesn't mean that somone should do it.
William Krull, Roseville.
Second letter 9/5/10: Majority against building Mosque;
Letter writer William Krull's said that open carry gun proponents conflict in their use of the Constitution. He states, "every open carry advocate he has spoken to would deny American Muslims their first Amendment rights to build an Islamic community center near Ground Zero in New York city."
The majority of Americans are against the mosque,not on constitutional grounds, but grounds of insensitivity. I'm sure the handfull of open carry supporters he said he spoke to believed as most Americans do. I, along with most open carry supporters,have been studying firearms laws for years and do not have to justify exercising our rights.
The letter's headline " Gun proponents oppose mosque" may be his biased opinion but it is totaly misleading.The First Amendment does not state the freedom to build a mosque anywhere you want. Aticle 1 Sec. 6 of the Michigan Constitution states, "every person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself and the state(the people)."
All open carry supporters know that. They have come to this understanding by studying the laws. Otherwise, they would be like most people who wouldn't dare open carry a gun in a holster for fear of being arrested. Thats because most people are law-abiding and do not know they can protect themselves and their fellow citizens. But some people know that now.
JEFFERY HAMAN, WARREN.
It's nice to know that an anti-gun opinion in the media,can be refuted! And I enjoyed the fact it happened so quickly and in sequence. It should always be that way RIGHT? When it comes to the media NOTT! It's good to know that it did in this instance and in our Great State! CARRY ON!