To ban or not to ban

“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes….Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man”. Thomas Jefferson.

What would Jefferson think of our propensity to create “gun free” zones, where only criminals have guns? If you read the Federalist Papers on the second amendment you will find that the founders considered gun ownership as a necessity for free people. They did not limit these arms to hunting and sporting guns, but specifically wanted the people to own and be proficient with military style weapons. After all foreign invaders and domestic tyrants usually are not rabbits and deer, and that is what they wanted us to be protected from. Similarly, criminals don’t obey gun laws any more than they obey laws against stealing and murder, so law abiding citizens need to be equally armed.

To those of you who think anyone who favors gun ownership is a vicious killer, I give you this quote from Mahatma Gandhi, “Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.” Do you think Gandhi would look any more favorably on our government’s attempts to deprive citizens of the right to keep and bear arms? It’s only great humanitarians such as Hitler, Stalin and Mao that think guns should be kept from the citizenry (for their own good of course). Who will you side with on the gun control issue, Gandhi or Hitler?

Paul Rinker


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