Too many nut-cases, not too many guns

Monday , April 01, 2013 - 3:13 PM

Wendell E. (Bud) Brumley

Editor,

The mind set of our current administration can be seen in statements from Homeland Security. Homeland Security has issued reports stating, “Our Veterans, or anyone who holds a conservative viewpoint, should be eyed suspiciously as a potential domestic terrorist,” and another report warns police “to be suspicious of anyone who feels their way of life is endangered, or is religious, or is interested in “personal liberty and/or firearms.”

The incidents of mass murders in this country, (Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Oklahoma,) have all been committed by nut-cases. Perhaps the problem is too many nut-cases running loose, not too many guns. Current efforts at gun control look more like a set-up aimed at gun confiscation from the good guys, and nothing that controls or punishes the bad guys.

Oppressive authoritarian governments obtain total power only after they have disarmed their citizens. Several governments in the recent past have done this. The USSR, Nazi Germany, Japan, and China have, and as a result, 250 million of their citizens were killed. Today, 100 countries have higher crime rates than the U.S., and they all have laws preventing their citizens from having guns.

Our 2nd Amendment gives us not only the right to have arms to protect our families, but the right to arms to prevent our government from subjugating us. To quote Thomas Jefferson, “Laws that forbid the carrying of arms, disarm only those who are neither inclined or determined to commit crimes.” It is alleged that he also said, “The beauty of the Second Amendment is that it will not be needed until they try and take it.” The “they” that he was making reference to was to “our” government. We should keep that in mind.

Wendell E. “Bud” Brumley

Layton



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