To the editor:
Which candidate for Congress, and which political party, will best protect our gun rights?
Democrats support restrictive gun laws. For example, New York Democratic senators Schumer and Gillibrand and Congresswoman McCarthy have proposed anti-gun laws. If the Democrats get back control of the House of Representatives, then Nancy Pelosi will be the speaker. She is against gun rights. In the past, Mr. Owens, the Democratic candidate for Congress, has been good on gun rights, but if re-elected, he will have to go against his own party. By the way, he voted previously to make Pelosi the speaker.
On the other hand, the Republican party platform protects the rights of gun owners. Mr. Doheny, the Republican candidate for Congress, is very strong in protecting gun rights.
A looming threat is the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty. If passed, the UNATT will give the UN control over civilian firearms in the U.S. and will focus on surveillance and databanks and foreign global agencies to control our guns. The proponents of UNATT do not mention the right of self-defense or personal freedoms of any kind.
Over the years, I have been a delegate to several UN conferences. The conferences did not deal with gun issues, but I saw firsthand how the UN works - or doesn't work. Many there are not friends of the U.S. Many are totalitarian countries that do not want their own people to have guns. I can assure you that if the UN gets control of our guns, we will lose our freedoms.
The Obama administration has agreed to participate in the deliberations on this treaty. Obama has not taken a stand yet, but what will he do if he is granted a second term and does not have to worry about getting re-elected? Do you trust our secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, to stand up for gun owners?
The right to keep and bear arms in defense of ourselves and our family and country is self-evident and is part of the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution. Our rights do not come from the government. Our founders made it clear that we have these rights as free men and women and that the role of government is to protect those rights. Gun rights are about individual freedom, human worth and self-destiny.
My father, during World War II, was in the Army and fought as a guerilla in the Philippines before they were liberated by Gen. MacArthur. My father told me that his experience with guns and hunting, which he gained as a young man in the North Country, helped him to survive the war. Gun rights are part of our heritage, and they must be preserved to keep us free.
David G. Evans