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September 20, 2013

Constitutional rights are under attack

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The Daily Star

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Regarding your misguided editorial of Sept. 14, it is you, not the sheriff, who has twisted the role of public employee to suit your narrow, secular, progressive bias. Cuomo and Bloomberg have chosen which parts of the Constitution to obey to suit their political agenda and bias. Bloomberg recently attempted to effect Colorado-style restrictions on the Second Amendment and, thank God, he lost. 
The document reads "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." Our rights under the Constitution are inalienable, not doled out by the governor or the government. What can be more clear? 
Sheriff Richard Mack of Arizona, who sued the government and won regarding the Second Amendment, reinforces the sheriff’s role as answerable to the people, not the governor, in his book "The County Sheriff: America’s Last Hope." He is an American, first and foremost, and took an oath to defend and protect the Constitution from foreign and domestic enemies. 
Unlike your assessment, the majority of citizens north of Westchester (and lots of patriots in that area) believe in the right to bear arms and form a militia when government (like now) oversteps its bounds. They, too, believe the Constitution, with the exception of the Bible, is the greatest document ever written. 
The First, Second and Fourth Amendments are under attack. Do you like the IRS' illegal powers? The Benghazi scandal? Supplying Mexican cartels, or Al-Qaida in Syria, with weapons, or the Egyptian Muslim brotherhood with support? NSA snooping into private citizens’ phones, email, etc.? 
Wake up! Smell the roses? It’s really "smell the stench" and "Git 'er done" before it’s too late. Take a look at www.oathkeepers.com.
Jeanne Bridger 
Maryland