Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013: Gun control, the Constitution and MaineCare

Posted Jan. 21, 2013, at 1:49 p.m.

MaineCare payback

What if all the men and women who used MaineCare fraudulently were required to pay the millions they owe back? How many couples let this state pay for the birth of their child?

The only couples who can afford to have more than one or two children are those who didn’t pay for them. Those welfare children are having children of their own.

Take the mothers’ and fathers’ income tax returns, Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families as payment. It’s that simple.

Maria Martin

Stacyville

Sacrifice freedom for safety?

I see people exercising their First Amendment rights calling to eliminate our Second Amendment rights. Do they want to sacrifice their freedoms for a small sense of safety? Remember what Ben Franklin said about that?

How about repealing the First Amendment and silencing who we want? What about the Fourth Amendment, so the government can come into our homes or businesses and search for whatever they want? Then repeal the Sixth Amendment, and we can face charges on our own without legal counsel or repeal the Eighth Amendment, so they can torture us.

Get the point yet? Some call the Second Amendment “obsolete” and make the false claims of the militia being the military and police.

Aren’t the people who say that the same ones who protested former President George W. Bush and all his “fascism”?

It has already been established that the Second Amendment guarantees the individual right to keep and bear arms.

The Federalist Papers, letters from the founding fathers and the Supreme Court all support this.

They put the Second Amendment there to protect the other amendments from those who seek to destroy this country from within.

Do not let knee-jerk emotional reactions erase your rational minds.

Anti-gun groups have been waiting for just this. Rahm Emanuel, former chief of staff for President Barack Obama, said “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” So here we are.

Allan F. Smallwood

Bradley

Gun, crime control

Gun control has never been crime control and never will be. Using the horror of a school shooting to promote an agenda is despicable.

There was an incident recently where a man killed his sister, set buildings on fire and then shot firemen. He was let out of prison to do this after serving some time for killing his grandmother with a hammer.

Nearly 650,000 people are released from the nation’s prisons every year, and about 9 million more are released from jails. Two-thirds of those who come out of prison are rearrested within three years of release.

The stats on those who commit crime while on bail are equally as staggering. Disarming law-abiding citizens will do little to stop crime; it will have the opposite effect. I would like to see an honest effort to prevent crime.

Attorney General Eric Holder has yet to answer for the “Fast and Furious” mess. He sits with Vice President Joe Biden to offer “common-sense” gun control.

President Barack Obama has signed a bill to give him and his family Secret Service protection for life. Hollywood stars and our lawmakers in Washington, D.C., have armed protection. Why wouldn’t the rest of us like the same for our families?

Terry Shortt

Amherst

Uphold, defend Constitution

Recently, it has come to the attention of the media that sheriffs around our great nation are refusing to enforce any legislation that violates our Second Amendment rights.

Two of these men are Denny Peyman of Jackson County, Ky. and Tim Mueller of Linn County, Ore. I applaud the decision of these great men who take their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution seriously.

I want to encourage our local law enforcement here in Maine to take the same pledge. Pledge that they will not enforce any legislation that is unconstitutional.

I serve in my town at the local level, and I, too, swore an oath to uphold the U.S. Constitution. I take my oath very seriously.

I encourage all our active military members, veterans, police and public servants who swore that oath to consider their pledge and on their sacred honor to make good on their promise. May God bless this great United States of America.

Jeremy Hiltz

Chelsea

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