Second Amendment – Letter To The Editor


By David Seal

As Americans, we enjoy a set of sacred rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Among those God given rights are freedom to speak, the right to assemble, and the right to own property. The right to keep and bear arms is the fundamental right that enables us to defend ourselves and to preserve the nation as a constitutional republic, and protect it from tyranny. Self preservation and continuity of government was on the mind of our founding fathers as they debated and drafted the constitution. They expressed this principle in the Second Amendment. Unfortunately, some people have lost track of our founding principles, while others were never taught those important principles in the first place.

This brings us to the dangerous situation that we see in our contemporary lives. An erosion of rights is being perpetuated by those who are ignorant of our founding principles, and that of our constitutional rights. Gun control is the answer that is being advanced by special interest groups that see firearms as the villain. This is flawed logic. Black hearted, ill tempered criminals are the villains, not guns. Guns are the instrument of a free society that values ordered liberty.

County Commissioners Todd Kesterson (District 1) and Paul Lowe (District 3) have proposed a resolution that designates Jefferson County, Tennessee as a “gun sanctuary county”. Cities and counties across the nation are making similar resolutions to send a very critical message to state and federal legislators. The Second Amendment will be preserved and respected as a fundamental right of citizenship in the United States of America. I support the gun sanctuary resolution, and urge you to do the same. A vote on the resolution will be taken Monday, October 21, 2019 at the County Commission meeting.

Submitted by David Seal David is a long time educator in Jefferson County, as well as a recognized artist and local businessman. He has also served Jefferson County as a County Commissioner and is a lobbyist for the people on issues such as eminent domain and broadband accessibility on the state level.