In response to a comment Aug. 30 from Karen A. D’Andrea, an advocate for Maine Citizens against Handgun Violence, in which she said, “Let’s be clear and factual. No one has the absolute right to own or carry a gun.”

Excuse me. Has Ms. D’Andrea ever heard of this thing called the Constitution of the United States of America?

It been around for more than 200 years, and there is a Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights that absolutely guarantees my right as a law-abiding citizen to keep and bear arms, regardless of what anyone interprets that right to be.

Her convoluted interpretation of the Second Amendment proves not only her ignorance of it, but her willingness to distort the truth into what she wants others to believe.

In addition, there is no one within the National Rifle Association who wants perpetual gun crime or advocates for it. Her hatred toward anyone who embraces the Second Amendment as defending a valuable civil right is very obvious.

Apparently, she is not aware that the Supreme Court has ruled in two separate cases that, under the Second Amendment, a private individual has the right (not a privilege) to keep and bear arms. She is free to twist and distort, lie and convolute her interpretation of the Second Amendment all she wants. The right it defends still stands, whether she likes it or not.

But her lies, drama and false interpretations of what actual firearms laws entail are not, as she insists, “clear and factual.” 

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