The Garden City Telegram
5/9/2013
OPINIONS AND COMMENTARY

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Fighting off gun grabbers

As elected officials, we have taken an oath to preserve, protect and defend the constitutions of the United States and the State of Kansas. We take this oath seriously.

In November 2010, the voters in Kansas added the following language to the Bear Arms provision in the Kansas Constitution: "A person has the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of self, family, home and state, for lawful hunting and recreational use, and for any other lawful purpose," and this was approved by 88 percent of Kansas voters.

In Finney County, it was more than 91 percent.

This constitutional amendment was necessary due to the activist decision by the left-dominated Kansas Supreme Court many years ago that said, "The people," in the original Bear Arms provision did not mean citizens but was some kind of a group "right."

Most of the other state constitutions with a provision built upon the Second Amendment provision of the U.S. Constitution also state that the right to bear arms, like free speech and freedom of religion, are individual and not "group rights."

Today, this important constitutional right is under unprecedented assault from leftist authoritarians like California Sen. Feinstein, New York City Mayor Bloomberg, President Obama and their media allies including their pollsters. Liberal media polls shrink in relevance compared with our constituents' votes (89 percent in Sedgwick County).

That is why Sedgwick County passed this resolution to show our support for the current language in the Kansas Constitution concerning the right to bear arms as well as show our support for the unanimous action of the Kansas congressional delegation in their votes rejecting this latest assault from the gun grabbers who believe that New York City and state and Chicago are the models for the rest of the country when it comes to allowing citizens to protect themselves, their families and their communities.

KARL PETERJOHN

RICHARD RANZAU

JIM SKELTON,

Wichita

Peterson is a commissioner representing the Third District, Ranzau is a commissioner representing the Fourth District, and Skelton is chairman and commissioner representing the Fifth District on the Board of County Commissioners of Sedgwick County.

A time to honor federal workers

Across the country and in communities like yours, government employees protect and serve our nation. To honor these workers and their service, May 5 to 11 has been designated as Public Service Recognition Week.

I want to personally express my support for the 42,452 active and retired federal workers in Kansas. Won't you join me?

If you checked the weather forecast before going outside this morning, thank the federal employees at the National Weather Service who alert us to impending storms. If your child played with a toy today, thank the federal employees at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission who administer our toy safety standards. If you travel to a national park this summer, thank the park rangers who help families create lifetime memories. No travel plans? Here's something you can do from your own front door: If you received your mail today, thank the U.S. Postal Service carrier who delivered it.

Many of the services on which Kansas relies are made possible by America's federal workforce. We probably don't realize all that our federal worker neighbors do for us, but I hope they know that we appreciate their service to our country.

ELIZABETH BORNMAN,

Shawnee

Bornman is first vice president of the Kansas Federation of NARFE.