LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - The truth requires no interpretation


Thomas Peacock still wonders why someone has a better take on the Constitution than he. One word: Truth.

High on the marble wall just inside the main entrance to CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., is the engraved motto: "And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free." I've always considered that quote (John 8:32) to apply beyond its original biblical context to include all truth.

Mr. Peacock seems to enjoy attacking me personally using the words like "ridiculous, self-righteous and self-centered" and he claims to speak for "the majority of us."

One reason discussing this issue is so important is just that -- the majority may not understand the purpose and importance of the Second Amendment, believing it's only about shooting sports or self-protection. The U-B editorial of June 29, 2010, had it right.

I don't fault Peacock for his lack of knowledge. We're all ignorant about some things. I do fault him for ad hominem attacks that ignore the easily understood words of the Founding Fathers.

Knowledge and truth combine to combat ignorance and falsehood. Employing those two tools whenever discussing the Second Amendment, I've found those who disagree (usually Democrats for some reason) often attack the messenger (me) rather than the message -- the unequivocally explicit words of the Founders.

Someone wrote that truth passes through three stages: Ridicule, violent opposition and, finally, acceptance.

Thomas Peacock and others (Norman Osterman, Ray Norsworthy and Paul McCaw) appear not to have reached that final stage despite the Framers' very clear words. Words, once again, like those of scholar, lexicographer and patriot Noah Webster -- originator of the dictionary we trust: "Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States."

What could be more clear? It's a truth that requires no interpretation and is echoed in writings of other Founders'.

Speaking of truth, someone else once wrote that when a man who is honestly mistaken hears the truth, he will either quit being mistaken, or quit being honest.

We all have that choice.

Steve Singleton
Walla Walla


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