LETTER: What will they take next?
In response to the letter of Miss Irene Smith, actually the Second Amendment is so that the people may protect themselves from a tyrannical government. Should the government decide to relieve its citizens of their Second Amendment right, or any other rights they feel are no longer needed, they, the government will come armed with fully automatic weapons and more, all aimed at a public that it is trying to make defenseless. The best we can do to defend ourselves and our Constitutional rights is to arm ourselves the best we can.
I hope and pray that I never have to take the life of another human being, but if it comes down to protecting my family, myself or my rights as U.S. citizen, I will shoot first and ask questions later. If you search the leading causes of death in this wonderful country, homicides don't even make the top ten, let alone homicide with a semi-auto weapon. Also, the weapon cannot act alone; it is an inanimate object that is used by a person or people hellbent on causing harm. There are many items that were created to better our lives but have been used for evil, yet we don't ask for them to be banned.
Now let's discuss who is really controlled with gun control. I am a 44-year old-veteran of the U.S. Army, and I have owned some sort of firearm since I was 8 years old. Every weapon I own has been purchased legally and is registered. I challenge you to find any drug-dealing gangster wannabe who owns a legally purchased firearm. You see, the problem is, I am the one you don't have to worry about kicking your door in to do you harm, but I'm the one that will be limited by gun control. Throughout history, nothing that has been forbidden has been unobtainable. It is illegal to possess crack cocaine yet you can still purchase it. It is illegal to grow, sell and use marijuana, but it's easier to obtain than some cold medicines.
Before you start supporting our government and its attempt to infringe on our rights because you don't think we need them either, stop and ask yourself, "What will they take next?" Then go and ask the Native Americans just where it all stops at.