The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

April 15, 2013

Your View: Cooler heads

By Bill Hawkins
Special to The Globe

JOPLIN, Mo. — It would be good to remember that the “right to bear arms” is a fairly recent commonization of the Second Amendment wording.

Even so, as late as World War II and onward, most everyone would take the expression to mean the right, even the duty, to serve in the armed services in times of crisis. In the early 1940s, many of those not drafted willingly dropped whatever they were doing and headed out.

It’s startling to me to see the way our states are polarized, maybe self-gerrymandered into camps by preferred migration, into widely varying stances on what is proper regulation of weapon ownership. Will cooler, more sensible heads prevail, and would we know one if we saw it? Or would most simply argue that Big Brother has had his way once more?

Bill Hawkins

Joplin