I read the letter Mr. Charles W. Yueckstock wrote that was published in the Daily News on Wednesday, July 29, 2020. By writing his letter, Mr. Yueckstock exercised his First Amendment right to free speech, but in his letter he expressed the idea that we should all give up our Fourth Amendment right of freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, as well as our Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. All in the name of .....saving lives (maybe).

As a former “educator” Mr. Yueckstock should educate himself by studying the events that led to the writing of the U.S. Constitution, with special attention to the Federalist Papers which help explain the reasoning used in its writing.

Further, Mr. Yueckstock claims to be a military veteran, tho he doesn’t mention where, when, or how he served. As a combat veteran, I served in the Vietnam War (1969-1970) and once found myself in a gun battle without a gun. From my experience, I would emphatically state it’s better to have a gun and not need one than to need a gun and not have one!

The idea of confiscating weapons isn’t a new one, the Lexington/Concord incident prior to the Revolutionary War was an attempt by the British to disarm colonists.

If one wants to see what happens when responsible citizens are deprived of their right to protect themselves one only has to look at Mexico where only police are allowed guns but the cartels have all they want.

Frank Walkley


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