It's been hard to sit back and read all the miss information that has been going around in the public media, including this paper, about gun control. I can't believe people are so quick to give up their rights that our forefathers died for. This time it's the right to bear arms. People don't know their history or they would not be so quick to concede even part of this right.
The right to bear arms was meant to accomplish three things. Allow people to hunt for the food that was needed to sustain us, to protect our property in case of intrusion or bodily harm and to to protect us from tyranny from government. This last one I'm more interested in. I don't hunt, not that I'm against it, just never picked it up. I do however believe in protecting my property. I also know that the greatest protection from a rogue government is to be at least as equally armed as they are. Now I'm not a fanatic here but if history, which we know repeats itself, is an indication of what to be concerned with, we are due for a collapse of society. Usually governments don't last more than 200 years and we are past that. In order to turn over a government from within, the first thing you have to do is take away our rights and I'm seeing that more and more. It's not just on one political side or the other, i.e. Patriot Act, gun controls etc.
If you want to see where we are headed, read what led up to the Nazi takeover in Germany. A good book would be "Bonheoffer, Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy" by Metaxas. There are other books out there that are good as well. We repeat history when we know little about it. I'm not saying that nothing should be done about the violence but as Benjamin Franklin once said, "Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.".
Concerned American Citizen,