To the Editor:

The front page of last week’s edition of The Central Virginian shows us just how Looney Tunes things can get.

A 16-year-old allegedly shot and murdered one Louisa County resident and wounded his wife, while our board of supervisors is considering a resolution making Louisa a sanctuary county for firearms.  

Can anyone tell me how those two articles are compatible? Sure, there’s a lot of fear of what that new government majority will do, but let’s not knock out our front teeth with a massive knee jerk.

There’s a lot of quoting the Second Amendment, specifically “… the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”  But that’s the second part of the amendment. 

The whole 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.”  

So are we to believe the 16-year-old was part of a well regulated militia?  Who trained him, who taught him, who regulates him?  

This is like saying the Ten Commandments say “…commit adultery,” leaving out the qualifier “Thou shalt not ...”!

I’m a gun owner, shooter, hunter, veteran and former National Rifle Association member (before the NRA decided there was more money in politics than in training young people how to be safe with firearms). I see no problem with waiting times and federal regulations regarding fully automatic weapons. I have no problem with cross-relating forms of abuse, mental illness, crisis intervention and the like resulting in the confiscation of weapons. 

I have a real problem with having our board of supervisors pass meaningless, unenforceable resolutions.  It’s a stunt.

Larry Zemke

Mineral