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Dear Sirs: I got a big laugh out of Nat Harwell's ridiculous column entitled, "Gather Weapons and Ammo," in your June 12 issue.

Mr. Harwell began by pointing out yet another idiotic statement by Sarah Palin, where she claimed that Paul Revere was really warning the British on his midnight ride. What a joke! It is absolutely amazing that anyone ever seriously considered Palin to be qualified to hold ANY public office, much less the presidency or vice-presidency of our country.

However, the real knee-slapper in Nat Harwell's column came when he proceeded to outdo Sarah Palin with his own "fractured fairy tale" version of the Constitution's Second Amendment.

For those of you who missed it, Harwell claimed that there is a little-known provision of the amendment which gives the American people a constitutional right to take up arms to overthrow our government if they get fed up enough with the way our constitutionally elected president and representatives are doing their jobs!

As someone who has actually read the Constitution a time or two, which Mr. Harwell obviously has not, I can state with absolute certainty that there is nothing whatsoever in the Second Amendment or elsewhere in that document which gives anyone a right to take up arms to overthrow the government, as Mr. Harwell claims.

The amendment simply says that: "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed".

Mr. Harwell is clearly even more mixed up than Sarah Palin in his understanding of the American Constitution, and this would be funny, even hilarious, were it not so serious. However, Mr. Harwell's delusional claims about the Second Amendment are exactly the same sort of irresponsible and erroneous rhetoric which led to the assassination attempt on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona earlier this year.

Sarah Palin and Nat Harwell are living proof that, as Josh Billings said, "the less people know, the more they suspect", and also that "the trouble with people is not that they don't know, but that they know so much that ain't so."

In his column, Nat Harwell portrays himself as a latter-day Paul Revere, telling us to "gather weapons and ammo". To me, however, Mr. Harwell is nothing at all like Paul Revere, but he is more like a cross between Chicken Little and the Boy Who Cried Wolf, and in the words of Larry the Cable Guy, "I don't care who you are, THAT is funny!!"