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Groups choose to support only certain amendments

During the past few weeks, we have heard a lot about our constitutional rights. The National Rifle Association, tea party members, the right wing of the Republican Party and conservative radio talk show hosts have all talked about our Second Amendment right to bear arms and said that the new gun control law recently approved by the New York State Legislature violates their constitutional rights.

What I find interesting is that these same groups do not support the entire U.S. Constitution. Instead, they support only the parts that they agree with. I wonder why they don’t support the 14th Amendment, which guarantees equal protection under the law, and the 15th Amendment, which ensures all citizens the right to vote regardless of their race or color. Why didn’t they speak out against the states that wanted to change laws that would have restricted some citizens’ right to vote?

The Constitution is to protect the rights of all citizens of our nation. As citizens, we should fight for the rights of all people and not be supportive of just specific parts of the Constitution.

Warren K. Galloway

Buffalo