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Letter: Supports DA gun proposals

Dear Editor,

Not surprisingly, several writers have submitted letters opposed to St. Croix County District Attorney Eric Johnson's proposal to enact reasonable and meaningful gun restrictions (2/25/2013). It is also not surprising that some writers are misinformed when it comes to their understanding of the Constitution.

Several writers opposed to Mr. Johnson's proposals were inclined to include quotes directly from the Constitution and dictionary. Conspicuously absent from these letters is a quote from Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia (A Constitutional literalist). Writing for the majority in District of Columbia vs. Heller (2008), Justice Scalia wrote: "Nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualification on the commercial sale of arms." He went on to say it is fair to prohibit "the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons." Quite frankly, Mr. Johnson's comments are consistent with both the letter and spirit of our Constitution. To say that Mr. Johnson is opposing the letter and spirit of our Constitution is both imaginary and disingenuous.

A careful reading of Mr. Johnson's submission indicates that he consistently used the term "reasonable" before and together with "restrictions." As a citizen in St. Croix County and a father of three, I would like to commend Mr. Johnson's efforts to make our community safer and also for respecting the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. I agree that it is time to enact and support meaningful and effective gun control and registration and I support Mr. Johnson's efforts regardless of how others align his objectives to one platform or the other and I hope others would feel the same way.