Letter: What does an iPhone have to do with gun control?

What does an iPhone have to do with gun control?

Editor of the Reformer:

Recently in the news we see where the FBI got a judge to order Apple to create a backdoor program to get into the phone of one of the San Bernardino terrorists. The government is not asking Apple to get into the phone and give them the information, they want the program itself. Once a backdoor is built and the government has it anyone who finds it can use it. That means it won't only be used by governments or law enforcement. It's only a matter of time until someone else finds it, enabling malicious hackers, foreign governments, terrorists, thieves and stalkers to use our data against us. Now the ACLU, journalists, writers, politicians and pundits, political or otherwise all want Apple to fight what they feel is an unconstitutional order. They are asking people from all over the United States to rise up in defense of Apple. It isn't just about the iPhone, it's about the Constitution itself, once precedent is set the government will be able to order other companies to do the same for their device and every other device out there. But what does this have to do with gun Ccontrol? I've noticed that a lot of the people that are clamoring for us to join the protest in Apple's behalf are the same people that have supported curtailing 2nd Amendment rights. Tech giants and big businessmen such as Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, Paul Allen, Steve Ballmer and Nick Hanauer have collectively donated millions of dollars to Michael Bloomberg's Everytown For Gun Safety, an organization whose goal is the erosion of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. This is just another example of progressives picking and choosing which amendments to the Constitution they want to support or rather which ones they tell us to support.

Sorry but it doesn't work that way. Every article, every amendment to the Constitution was written to support the other and keep the power in the hands of the people. This is especially true to the first ten Amendments or the Bill of Rights. If you eliminate or weaken one you weaken the others and make them vulnerable to attack. So let's fast forward to Michael Bloomberg's utopia of no citizen can own a gun. Only law enforcement, the military and of course Mike's personal body guard can possess guns. Then what's stopping the FBI from going to the corporate offices of Apple and using force to obtain whatever they want ? Mao Zedong said, "Political power comes from the barrel of a gun." This is why the framers of the Constitution wanted the people's right to keep and bear arms not infringed upon and they wanted the power in the hands of the people. We should be defending all of the Constitution not just the parts that sound good, that are popular or help a particular cause. If push were to come to shove I would be willing to defend Apple's rights, but are they willing to defend mine?

James Lanese Newfane, Feb. 21


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