Don't let fear and emotion cloud gun debate

The current gun debate is not a controversy of gun lovers against those who fear firearms, but rather a very real defense of our Constitution against those who would use fear of guns and abhorrence of violence to the smallest and weakest in our society as a guise to attack our freedoms in the United States.

Not one of the bills or so-called executive orders proposed by President Obama would have prevented the Sandy Hook tragedy and the people who are assaulting our Republic know that fact full well. They are counting on blind emotion and ignorance of the real causal factors of this and other tragedies to motivate a wave of action against our Constitution. Do not blindly follow such deceiving people.

One of the boldest and misleading tactics is to ask the question, “Why would anyone need a 30 round clip to shoot a deer?” The question is irrelevant and designed to mislead a population not well educated on the intricacies of our Constitution into thinking that the Second Amendment was created for hunting. It was not.
Noah Webster similarly argued:
“Before a standing army can rule the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.”
Hear the words of Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, spoken during floor debate over the Second Amendment: “What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty. ... Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins.”

Lastly hear the wisdom of Benjamin Franklin regarding giving up liberty: “Those who would give up Essential Liberty to purchase a little Temporary Safety deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.”

The irony is that the current attempt to outlaw guns would not yield any real safety but in fact further erode our freedom.

Bob Cushman

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