Letters to the Editor

Blevins letter: Add the words

The mass killing of innocent people at an Orlando, Fla., nightclub will not result in me railing against the Second Amendment in this letter to the editor. For better or worse, the Second Amendment is ingrained in American history, culture and tradition. I happen to believe it’s too ingrained, but that’s me.

What’s equally ingrained are the principles of individual freedom or liberty and nondiscriminatory laws. Americans are free to live their lives anyway they see fit so long as they don’t hurt anyone else. Being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual (LGBT) is nobody’s business but the individual(s) involved.

In my opinion, this would be a great time for the state of Idaho to join the 21st century and pass a law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity because no law explicitly addresses such discrimination in this state. Civil disobedience hasn’t worked and neither has the Add the Words campaign ... but America’s worst mass shooting should serve as motivation for our Idaho legislators to do the right thing and outlaw discrimination against our LGBT brothers and sisters. As a devout Christian, I think Jesus would agree.

Robert J. Blevins, Garden City