Letter to the Editor

Guns make this country strong and free

Friday, February 1, 2013

Dear Editor:

Regarding the national debate now underway regarding guns in the hands of the American public, we need to keep this in mind. The Second Amendment, which protected the right of the people to keep and bear arms, was one of the most cherished rights of the American people. They had waged a long, costly, and bloody war against tyrants and they were not about to trust a new government without the means to protect themselves from a tyrannical government.

The real motive and purpose behind the Second Amendment was not target shooting, trap shooting, or for hunting. The Second Amendment was added to the U.S. Constitution in order to protect the people from their own government should the need arise. That purpose has never changed and may be more important today than it was in the late 1700s when this Amendment was drafted.

"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."

Every time there is some major act of violence in the U.S. there is an outcry from the liberal press, politicians, educators, and Hollywood crowd calling for more and invasive gun controls. In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook killing of innocent school children liberals have been after guns like hungry dogs chasing a rabbit.

Liberals suffering from historical amnesia have forgotten that the safest cities, towns and villages in America, not to mention private homes, are those where "right to carry" laws enable citizens to be armed. Criminals go where they know it is safe to do their work of violence, killing, and robbery. They tend to flee from those communities where they know someone may be armed.

Connecticut has some of the most stringent gun laws in the U.S. And it did not prevent the tragedy in Sandy Hook from taking place. Sadly, criminals will always find guns. Chicago, a city with some of the strongest gun laws in America, is the murder capitol of the nation. Gun laws only disarm innocent, law abiding citizens while leaving them at the mercy of the criminal class, who will always be armed. The most dangerous cities in the U.S. are those cities with the strongest gun laws. If you want to be safe go to places where citizens have the "right to carry" and you will generally be safe.

More gun controls are not the answer. We already have more gun laws than we can enforce. We do not outlaw automobiles because people die in car accidents. We do not remove spoons from people because they might become fat from using them. Guns do not kill people. People kill people. Cain killed Abel without a gun.

More people die in America annually from hammers than die in gun deaths. More people die in American hospitals annually from physician's mistakes than die from gun shot wounds. Does that mean we eliminate doctors? Absolutely not, and for the same reason we do not invade the God given right of the people to keep and bear arms.

There are an estimated 300 million guns in the hands of the American public. America is the most well armed nation in the world, and that is one of the primary reasons that the Japanese ruled against a land invasion of the U.S. in World War II.

The bottom line: A government that fears guns in the hands of its citizens is a criminal government that fears reprisal for its tyrannical policies. An honest God fearing government will feel secure with a well armed population.

Prior to the election of 2008 and with increased fury in the post election days of 2012, the American public has been buying guns in unprecedented numbers. Millions of Americans are in a panic mode to buy a gun. Why is this? One simple reason: The American public innately feel that their alien government is about to pass more gun legislation, and they want to be armed just in case the same issues that brought about the War for Independence in 1775 might surface again. History has a way of repeating itself, and intelligent Americans, far more intelligent than the politicians leading them, do not wish to be ill prepared.

Foreign governments know that the American public is well armed, and this is a good thing. It is also a very healthy thing for U.S. politicians in Malfunction Junction to know that they serve a well armed American populace. It is especially true if liberal politicians ever gain sufficient votes to try and push gun laws beyond the red line, or God forbid, ever try and confiscate guns. In that case the Second American War for Independence may be underway.

Dan Gayman,

Schell City