O’Rourke’s gun vow is a vi­o­la­tion of the Con­sti­tu­tion

The Morning Call - - TOWN SQUARE -

Mass shoot­ings are a dis­grace, and ev­ery­body wants to find a way to stop them now. This sin­cere de­sire has caused some pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates to make out­ra­geous and fool­ish state­ments.

Re­cently Robert Fran­cis (Beto) O’Rourke may have made a ca­reer-end­ing dec­la­ra­tion. The Texan said, “Hell yes, we’re go­ing to take your AR-15.” In a des­per­ate at­tempt to in­crease his num­bers and to find a voice in his flat pres­i­den­tial run, O’Rourke em­phat­i­cally pro­claimed sup­port of manda­tory con­fis­ca­tion of legally owned prop­erty. This is a clear vi­o­la­tion of the Sec­ond and Fourth amend­ments.

The Fourth Amend­ment pre­vents the gov­ern­ment from search and seizure of your home and be­long­ings with­out prob­a­ble cause. Tak­ing guns, knives, ham­mers or any­thing from law-abid­ing peo­ple will do noth­ing to stop the hor­ror of mass mur­der. It is im­moral, con­trary to con­science and against Judeo-Chris­tian tra­di­tion to take an­other’s prop­erty.

The right to own arms is not par­ti­san. It is ab­so­lute, not open to de­bate and guar­an­teed by the United States Con­sti­tu­tion.

Ver­non C. Scan­dola Al­len­town

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