As a retired career law enforcement officer, trainer and administrator of more than 40 years who was sworn to uphold the Constitution, I wish to respond to Ernie Payne, who doesn't understand why Cong, Steve Southerland won't "seriously" consider the President's gun control proposals. The 2nd Amendment states "... the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." The US Supreme Court recently upheld this 2nd Amendment right in the Heller Case.

Congressman Southerland understands these words. Mr. Paine, what part of "shall not" don't you and the President understand?

Major Alan Lamarche, Retired