Conservative party must not compromise our values

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Dear Editor,

I’m responding to the 2/11/21 “Writers on the Range” article by Brian Sexton where he states that he experiences guns as mere tools for hunting and/or for sport and that his T-shirt’s motto would be “A gun is just a gun”. This so called “gun nut” doesn’t seem to understand why some people would want them for the reason the country’s founders included “gun rights” in our constitution. I didn’t come across any reference to the 2nd Amendment in his article and so I’m assuming he doesn’t know that the “Right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” is part of the Bill of Rights and not the Bill of Needs. Also, the framers of our constitution didn’t include the 2nd Amendment in the Bill of Rights for sporting or hunting purposes but for the individual right of self-protection and that includes protection from an oppressive government. He quotes Dana Loesch, the spokesperson for the NRA, saying “The government has proven it cannot keep us safe, yet some people want to disarm all of us” and she’s right. There’s a saying “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away” so in a mostly rural state like Montana I, for one, will protect myself. Then this idiot states that claims of defense are suspect and what type of threat necessitates “military firepower”? I don’t know what he means by “military firepower” but I would want all that I could get in defense of my home and family. He needs to visit with the people of Portland, Chicago, New York, etc. about selfprotection where the police are vilified, told to stand down, and the cities mayors let the supposedly “peaceful demonstrators” riot, destroy property, and threaten citizens. Maybe this is why an estimated 5 million Americans bought their first gun last year and this could be the “fear” he’s talking about. But his most ignorant statement has to be the claim that “what makes America great is getting things done by talking and compromising”. Do you know what compromising means to a progressive/liberal like Pelosi and Schumer? It means giving up your beliefs and giving into them. As Rush Limbaugh says; the conservative party has to defeat the “progressive left” in the arena of ideas and that means no compromising on our values at all.

Patrick Prescott Glendive