I saw this letter by Ernest Perry of Kapa’a in your Sunday, April 2, 2000,
Garden Island on page 4A in your “Forum” section. It was entitled “No guns, no
crime?” In the confusing exposition he seemed incapable of reasoning to a point
of comprehensible conclusion.
I am not confused: Our country, the United
States of America, was made by the gun and not just the plow. Without the gun
the British would have laughed at us, the Indians would have pushed us back
into the Atlantic, and the Mexicans would still have Texas and California.
Thanks to the Kentucky Long Rifle, the Henry, The Remington, the Springfield
and the Colt, our country is what it is today.
What are we to be if the
gun control bleeding hearts have their misguided way: The Philippines in the
Second World War when the Japanese walked almost all over it, or Bosnia or
Kosovo in Yugoslavia in the 1990’s?
What our federal government in
Washington, D.C., has to do is to realize that they must begin to trust their
citizens again, like they did in the old days of Presidents Andrew Jackson,
Abraham Lincoln, Jefferson Davis, and Theodore Roosevelt.
that does not trust its own citizens is a government that’s on its way out.
When guns are only to be found in museums that will be the day when the
citizens will also be behind display glass — stuffed mannequins of a once
proud people: No more Daniel Boones, Jim Bowies, David Crocketts, Colonel
Travises, Buffalo Bill Codys, or Sergeant Yorks.