Wayne Hare's opinion piece (Herald, June 7) is amazing for his apparent ignorance of just what is and has been going on for some time. It is staggering that there are so many gun owners who are uneducated on the all-out assault on the Second Amendment.
Hare obviously is not a member of the National Rifle Association or any other gun-rights organization. Just what part of "shall not be infringed" is so hard to understand? There still are states that have no restrictions on carrying a gun. The last time I checked state gun laws (within this last year), Vermont was one of the least-restrictive states and (at that time) was the fourth lowest in crime rates.
I have lived in Durango for 35 years and have ridden horses over much of this area. I always have carried a gun. Twice I have had run-ins with bears and, fortunately, have not had to dispatch one - but I won't take any chances.
Isn't it just ducky that Hare has had nothing but positive experiences in the parks. We won't go into the details of the older couple who were attacked in one of our parks - or the 6-year-old girl attacked by a mountain lion, or the two girls killed by a grizzly in Yellowstone. There are a lot of people who still think it's neat to feed animals or leave trash and food outside their camps and homes.
Obama made his intentions clear early on in his campaign that he was no friend of gun owners. His administration is the most rabidly anti-gun in the history of this country, including Clinton. He is ramming this country into the hellhole of socialism, and an armed populace will not be tolerated.
The Second Amendment is not about sports and hunting. It was written out of painful experience by founding fathers who knew well the dangers of an oppressive government. An armed society is a free society. There is an abundance of historical documentation available about countries going through exactly what America is, and the similarities are sickeningly familiar.
Denise Murray, Durango