Letter to the editor: Senator Foushee seeks to protect our rights

Posted 2/3/21

To the Editor:

D. Lars Dolder reported in last week’s edition, “N.C. legislators push for 28th Constitution amendment” (News + Record, Jan. 28-Feb. 3) that Sen. Valerie Foushee (D-Dist. 23) …

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Letter to the editor: Senator Foushee seeks to protect our rights

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To the Editor:

D. Lars Dolder reported in last week’s edition, “N.C. legislators push for 28th Constitution amendment” (News + Record, Jan. 28-Feb. 3) that Sen. Valerie Foushee (D-Dist. 23) will push for the N.C. General Assembly to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) to the Constitution.

She argues that equality must be indelibly protected in the nation’s most powerful document — its Constitution — to guarantee that future lawmakers are unable to revise the country’s stance. “We know that laws can be subject to political whims, that they can be changed, weakened or repealed. It is imperative at this time that these rights are enshrined without expiration dates, that (they) don’t have to be reauthorized annually,” said Foushee.

I write not to dispute efforts to ratify the ERA, but to ask that Senator Foushee not support bills that change, weaken, or repeal our ability to keep and bear arms. The Second Amendment has no expiration date and is already “indelibly protected in the nation’s most powerful document,” our Constitution.

Thank you, Senator, for that important reminder.

Cathy Wright

Chapel Hill

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