Arms treaty would cede U.S. gun rights to U.N.
I have read with chagrin the numerous letters by individuals on the anti-Second Amendment left. One of these letters comes from Diane Huberty (April 21), who laments the failure of the United Nations Arms Treaty to be ratified by the U.S. Senate. She indicates that the treaty would allow the United States to keep the Second Amendment and U.S. laws to protect gun owner rights. I wonder whether Huberty took the time to read the treaty or consider its implications for U.S. sovereignty. The language of the treaty is vague enough to allow for the Second Amendment to be overridden by international mandates under the treaty and make U.S. law subservient to an international body beyond U.S. law.
Once a treaty is ratified, it becomes the supreme law of the land. The provisions would supersede the Constitution and give control over American citizens to the United Nations, which often acts against our interests. Before we give over our hard-earned rights to the United Nations, we should consider the consequences. Once we transfer power to international agencies such as the United Nations, we may never be able to get them back.
KENNETH S. BORDENS Fort Wayne
Gun bill’s defeat offers opportunity for youth
The recent U.S. Senate defeat of expanded background checks to prevent criminals and the mentally ill from purchasing guns, though disappointing, can be viewed as an opportunity by the young.
I base my suggestion on something even more dear to our country than the Second Amendment. The Declaration of Independence came first. Clearly stated in that document is that government should be established to safeguard our life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
For more than 30 years I taught 14- to 16-year-olds, and I can tell you that nothing affects their happiness and liberty more than attaining their driver’s license. Why should anyone’s happiness and liberty be restricted by age, need for a license, testing or registries of any sort?
Our youth must organize quickly to get Sen. Dan Coats to introduce a bill to strike down the tyranny of all these state restrictions. Though doing so might endanger life, our current Congress is not moved on that ground as evidenced by its timidity to limit gun sales to the mentally ill and criminals.
Even if a majority of our people would object and call this proposal lunacy, our elected representatives in Washington seem willing to accept such things.
Now is the time for the young to make this push because Coats is up for re-election, or not, in 2016.
MARY HELFRICH Churubusco
Sequester-related delay affects local traveler
We have not seen yet a delay from sequestration or from the FAA furlough, Scott Hinderman, executive director of airports for the Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority, was quoted as saying in No flight delays from cuts reported in Fort Wayne yet (April 25). Wrong.
On April 23 my flight to Chicago was delayed two hours. One crew member said it was due to the sequester resulting in planes being stacked up over Chicago. I missed my flight, and two very courteous American Airlines agents helped everyone find alternative flights. I arrived in London two hours late, missed a connection and arrived the following day.
JIM SACK Fort Wayne