Basic rights don't change with technology
Published Thursday, August 27, 2009
In the recent letter, "Wake up to realities of needed gun control," the writer stated that the Pennsylvania fitness center murderer "exercise(d) his Second Amendment rights."
No, murder is not a right, and those who do exercise their rights are not demented. They are called citizens.
We good citizens will not tolerate our lawfully owned firearms being threatened by paranoid authoritarians who simply don't understand that the Second Amendment isn't about hunting. We demonstrate this by banding together as the largest lobbying group in America, the National Rifle Association. We fight every day to prevent the statists from enacting gun and ammunition registration, microstamping, gun bans, exorbitant taxes and a host of other measures designed to eliminate civilian gun ownership.
Our founding fathers might not have imagined semi-automatic rifles or machine guns, but they did wish for the average citizen to be able to fight for his freedom with a weapon on par with whatever the average soldier might use against him. In 1776, that was a musket. Today, it would be an AR15. It is no different a concept than the First Amendment protecting our free speech on the Internet, radio or TV, even though our founding fathers might not have imagined those technologies.
I'll leave you with this quote: "Americans have the right and advantage of being armed -- unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." (James Madison, The Federalist Papers)
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