The Press-Republican is Plattsburgh, New York‘s daily paper. It’s owned by Community Newspapers of . . . wait for it . . . Montgomery, Alabama. Given the paper’s deep south HQ, the word “Republican” in the name and the fact that Plattsburgh is about as far as you can get from New York City without being in Canada, you’d think the paper would be pro-gun. Nope. “The National Rifle Association is strident about protecting firearm rights. Yet, many Americans want some way to ensure that guns don’t wind up in the wrong hands,” Editorial: Working on gun regulation opines. “As a starter, maybe sensible representatives on either side of the argument could agree to some compromises: Registration of firearms seems an effective and non-threatening first step. Anonymous purchases at gun shows and elsewhere ought to be illegal.” And now for some historical perspective . . .
If we could take 13 colonies with all their colliding interests and turn them into one functioning nation, we should be able to figure out gun regulation we all can live with.
I think we already did that. It’s called The Second Amendment. And from my historical perspective . . .
Plattsburgh was home to some of the heaviest fighting of the War of 1812. At the Battle of Plattsburgh brave American sailors and soldiers ended the British invasion of the northern states. To think the town’s local paper would recommend the first step on the way to civilian disarmament is a travesty, a mockery and a warning to gun rights advocates that they are never, ever safe from the enemies of liberty. Zephaniah Platt is spinning in his grave. That is all.