Times have changed

The Second Amendment was never about hunting, although that is a catchy scare word. The Founding Fathers were so pleased that a rag-tag army of volunteers with hunting guns could throw out the Brits (also armed with pea-shooters). We could withstand any foreign despot, no mention of domestic despot: They had installed the fool-proof representative government. Honest Second Amendment enthusiasts doubt that.

Times changed. The legislature no longer legislates, it waits for the executive's proposal and then puts it to sleep. If that evokes an "executive order," fie on the president.

I have two main objections to solving this with an armed uprising.

One: History shows that the leader of a revolution usually is a nastier despot than the one he replaces — Robespierre, Lenin, Mao, Allende, Idi Amin, et al.

Two: Modern armies do not use hunting rifles, they have planes, drones, tanks and more; just look at Syria today. Even in the 1860s, we had a bloody mess called the "Civil War." Expand the Second Amendment to allow every citizen a tank in the garage and a Cherokee on the roof, with some WMDs for good measure? Hardly.

All that enthusiasm better be spent on restoring a functioning representative. — Hans H. Stroo, Medford

Medford memories

There was an article in the paper a while back on how modern Medford has become, pointing out the new Lithia building and other goings-on in the area. Later that day, I had an occasion to drive into town. I drove past the old Medford Center heading downtown. I came to a stop light adjacent to the Sam Jennings building. Looming high in the background was the new Lithia monolith.

I felt a surge of nostalgia for all the old timers who had gone before, the ones who walked into Sam Jennings to get parts for their logging, ranching, orchard and mining equipment. It was the folks who built the Rogue Valley. Most worked from first light to sunset by the sweat of their brow. A few are still with us but so many are gone.

Well, the fact is, they don't make people like they used to. Hang in there, Sam Jennings, there are still many who like to admire your digs. — Jean Birkby, Jacksonville

Common-sense regulations

In an article in the Feb. 7 Mail Tribune, Sean Crawford points out that more people die from car wrecks than from guns. True. But far, far more Americans (per capita) die from guns than in other developed countries, by a magnitude of 10 or more.

Why is that? Well, for example, I can't drive a 250-mph Formula 1 racing car to the supermarket because the state won't issue a license for it — even if I promise to only drive the speed limit. I can drive my Honda Civic, but I have to have it registered and smog-checked every two years. And I can drive it only after I pass both written and behind-the-wheel driving tests, and then have my license renewed regularly.

We have common-sense car regulations. Do we really have the same for guns? — Bruce Borgerson, Ashland

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