Letter: An individual right

December 25, 2013 

I must correct Jane Staples statement in her Dec. 17 letter, "Second Amendment." The Supreme Court has ruled, in Heller v. Washington, D.C., and again in McDonald v. Chicago that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right and not conditional on an individual being a member of a militia or the armed forces.

Another point of correction, is that the Arapahoe, Colo., shooter was not "a kid." At 18, he was old enough to serve in the armed forces, to vote and to hold a 40-hour-a-week job. He was an adult in all but name.

Staples also failed to mention a key difference between the Newtown, Conn., shooting last year and the recent shooting in Arapahoe. The Arapahoe shooting was over in less than two minutes because there was an armed officer in the building. Rather than face the officer, the shooter took his own life.

There is nothing that will keep an active shooter from getting in the first shot -- but Wayne Lapierre's much maligned statement that "the only thing that stops a bad with a gun is a good guy with a gun" has just been demonstrated to be true.

TIM LEGORE, West Richland

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