Photo ID needed for guns — and voting

To the Editor:

When I hear arguments against the Voter ID Amendment, I wonder why gun control legislation was drafted. The Second Amendment reads: “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

In order to purchase a handgun, I have to show a photo ID several times: First, when I apply at the sheriff’s office (like registering to vote). Second, at the store where the gun is purchased (voting place).

I have no criminal record, I am not insane, and in my application I had to assure everyone that I was not planning to commit any crime. So why should I be inconvenienced to show a photo ID?

The Second Amendment was part of our Constitution long before any voter right amendments. Our forefathers considered it very important that we be able to defend ourselves with lethal force. (See Federalist Papers no. 28).

Weapons, in the hands of law abiding, sane citizens do not cause more crime. More crimes may be prevented if more people are well-armed.

Anyone against voter ID should also be against gun purchase ID. —Tom Wilczek, Little Falls

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