The question proposed on Hellertown-Lower Saucon Patch was, " ?" The question proved very popular. At the time of this writing (Thursday, June 28, 2012) there were 77 comments on Patch on the question, and the accompanying poll had received 1,092 votes, with 58 percent favorable to guns on the trail, 4 percent favorable provided the guns were out of sight (this makes a difference?), 13 percent unfavorable to guns on the trail but OK with carrying guns elsewhere, and 22 percent against guns on the trail, period. It takes a brave or stupid person to oppose such a large majority of gun carriers, especially since . Fortunately, I am 84 years old and risking my life is not really a problem, although I do worry about . . An electric fence prevents her from reaching the trail itself. Who knows when one of these brave patriots will take a shot at her out of annoyance?
The numbers are not surprising. As of 2007, the United States had the highest per capita ownership of small arms in the world (88.8 percent). Its nearest rival was Serbia with a per capita gun ownership rate of 58.2 percent. (The lowest, by the way, was Tunisia at .01 percent.) After all, the United States Supreme Court in District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) held that the Second Amendment contained an individual guarantee of the right to bear arms. The 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.” Until this recent 5-4 decision, the amendment had always been interpreted as not applying to individual citizens.
Oh well. I guess we will all have to live (or die?) with it. The gun lobbies and a noticeable number of my fellow townsmen argue that guns do not kill people, people do. Absolutely true. The problem is that people sometimes act irrationally. If somebody goes crazy, he usually reaches for his handgun if he has one. He does not, as some Patch readers suggest, reach for his screw driver. The chances of someone carrying a screw driver on the trail are infinitely small.
The irony is, as the policeman referred to in one of the Patch responses said, Hellertown is not really interested in prohibiting handguns on the trail, but rather is very much interested in preventing hunting from that purportedly . Now that I know, I am already terrified by large numbers of citizenry marching close to my house, but the thought of hunters shooting at or around my home is just too much.
Warning, oh gun carriers. I am currently negotiating with an unregistered arms dealer to buy a surplus tank and appropriate ammunition. If things work out, I will park the tank on the trail near my house. The devil takes the regulations preventing the use of the trail by motor vehicles. After all, the Second Amendment allows guns on the trail, nevermind whether they are mounted in vehicles or not, perhaps because they can be part of a “well regulated militia.” Right?