The news as we understand it depends on who’s spinning the story on any given day. The mainstream news media usually spins left. The general public considers this normal as they don’t know differently.

A great example of my point is the newspapers coverage of Maine’s new constitutional carry laws. Instead of leading the front page on Oct. 15 with an article headlined, “Concealed firearms law called ‘misguided’,” this newspaper just as easily could have spun this new law to express its support for strengthening our Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution.

It’s important as a citizen and a voter to understand there are two sides to almost every issue, yet many voters are handicapped because they don’t understand the reasoning behind writings and ideas of our Founding Fathers.

Our news media refuse to explore these ideas and concepts in detail with the public. In my opinion, that’s why so many of our people have turned to alternative news sources for their information.

It’s not the duty of the media to muddy the waters and undermine our constitutional rights as they now exist. This only serves to confuse the public.

The media should, instead, explain why the right granted in the Second Amendment exists. It should be pointed out that it was the states who demanded the Second Amendment be placed in the Bill of Rights in order to ratify the Constitution.


The federal government was given its powers from the states, not the other way around. In my opinion, that’s why the Supreme Court has given the states such wide latitude in the management of their firearm laws.

Maine’s constitutional carry law is a step forward in protecting our rights as Americans. Whether people decide to exercise that right is up to them.

John Hopkins


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