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I'm mad as hell that the U.S. "Supreme" court is actually considering whether or not we citizens of the United States have the right of gun-ownership.

This body is seriously taking up tax-payers' time to decide if the second amendment should be upheld or overturned. Apparently, they feel that they can simply overturn, by judicial fiat, what it took hundreds of semi-educated farmers many hours to agree to back when laws were clear-cut. If you had a gun, you made the laws. No problem. Nobody argued with that common-sense approach.

What most semi-educated folks don't know is that the second amendment was not written by George Washington or Thomas Jefferson. It was the brainchild of one of our first and finest citizens, "Crazy Larry" McMurtry. He wrote on this topic passionately, and in olde English, no less. The problem today is that his words have been consistently mistranslated and therefore misunderstood. What Crazy Larry actually wrote was that, and I quote, "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and arm bears shall not be infringed."

Our founding fathers had no problem with this concept. Bears were all over the place back then. And not the cuddly "yogi" bears, either. These were mean bears. You wanted them on your side. They were armed for a purpose. They kept the Indians away.

Remember, bears were mercilessly hunted prior to this arrangement. A militia of bears with guns would attack (to right the wrongs done to them in the past) relentlessly. They would attack us at home - at the store - in the malls - and even in the schools - that's right, the schools!

This "supreme" court is now going so far as to endanger the safety of our children! What true American can stand for that? I, for one, will not stand by and allow my children to be put in danger because some ultra-liberal judge happens to live in Manhattan and reads about bears only in comic strips.

When the second amendment is read the way in which it was intended, I'm guessing all law-abiding, God-fearing Americans will come together and rewrite this archaic law.

Orville K. Bass, American

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From: Tony
Comment: I think the Hams bear would do right by a 357 magnum and a six pack, not to mention his cousin Yogi blasting that pesky Mr. Ranger always giving him crap about lifting a few pick a nick baskets.