Form your own opinion

EDITOR: This letter is in response to Mr. Roberts' Letter to the Editor that was in your Sept. 7, issue.

When in Congress, Mr. Obama did make some strange votes when dealing with gun control. The real problem is not the president but that Congress is controlled by its political parties and big business instead of representing its constituents.

In my opinion the first part of the Second Amendment tells who's right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. While 99 .9 percent of Americans have that right it is not 100 percent. To me, the definition of an "arm" when the Constitution was written makes some of today's "arms" not arms. Many accessories for arms are usually used only to commit crimes so they are not covered by the Constitution.

In my opinion propaganda about this non-issue is being used to distract from the real issues. The Constitution limits spending to operating the government but Congress puts frivolous spending (known as earmarks and pet projects) in bills to buy votes. Borrowing is also limited to items that benefit the entire country but groups and individuals keep asking for more. Americans and Congress know that the government must reduce its spending but no one will allow their spending to be reduced.

The Supreme Court's decisions on protests in cemeteries and the taxation of a group were unconstitutional.

Not long ago I read an article in the paper on how much the average worker and their employee pays into the Social Security system, and how much the average retiree receives. Using its propaganda machine the AARP has turned the safety net into a feathered bed. The average recipient now spends what the AARP calls "their fair share" in just under five years.

I urge the reader to study the Constitution and form their own opinions.

Roger Hawkins

Canton