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Letter: Whose gun rights are we protecting?

Whose gun rights are we protecting?

"We were disappointed with how little this meeting (led by Vice President Joe Biden) had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment," the NRA wrote in a statement.

Amendment II: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.

To which "well regulated militia" did James Holmes belong? You remember him, don't you? He shot and killed 12 people in an Aurora, Colo., theater nearly six months ago. His arraignment has been delayed until March 12 for his defense attorneys to decide whether he should plead insanity. What "well regulated militia" lists Adam Lanza on its roster? He shot and killed 20 school kids and seven adults in Newtown, Conn.

An online militia group has posted the following: "Our INTEL is revealing that a 'false flag' event (another major shooting) is in the works to help push the public response towards the 'anti-gunners.' We have heard such talk before, but what is of alarm here is the approach will be of a 'militia or patriot group' or groups will attack or fire upon a federal building or employees as a protest response to the gun grab this administration is promoting." Today I find that this idiocy has already found an outlet. James Tracy, a tenured associate professor at a Florida university, claims the Newtown school shooting was staged by the government and media who are in support of stricter gun control laws.

Some call for immediate action to thwart our government's plan to merge our nation with Canada and Mexico, while others warn of the threat that Mexicans are stealthily crossing our southern border so that they may seize Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California and reincorporate them into the country of Mexico.

More than 10 years ago, the nut who led the Southeastern States Alliance discovered a "secret map" detailing a planned UN takeover of our nation. It had been mistakenly printed on the back of a Trix cereal box (where, presumably, a breakfasting militiaman discovered it). Small wonder that an insanity defense for members of these groups is quite common. Do you really want these groups to get their hands on assault weapons and oversized magazines?

-- Milt Longbottom

Conyers

Comments

travelingman 1 year, 7 months ago

Everybody keeps yammering about their Constitutional rights. Executive orders supersede the Constitution as proven in the past. The truth is, you ain't go no rights. Be happy with what you got. It's not going to get any better. I'm sure that gun ownership will be a thing of the past in the near future. These groups will be stripped of their guns via stripping guns away from individual owners. And while you say that these liquored up hillbillies shouldn't have guns you have a valid point, but I digress. If you rely on Sean Hannity, Bill O'Reilly, and Glenn Beck for your information you will remain ignorant. I can see both sides of the issues yet search for an equitable equilibrium. In closing I pose this one question: in the past, where were people's rights when they needed them the most? And if you don't know what follows, I'll tell you: A Modest Proposal.

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pressman7 1 year, 7 months ago

Travelingman, you are the one to comment on remaining ignorant, when You write, "You AIN'T got NO rights". Where I FINISHED school, If You AIN'T got NO rights, then you've got SOME rights. BTW the O'Reilly's, Hannity's and Beck's are not newsmen. They just have their opinions. Newsmen are just readers making a living.

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papamilt 1 year, 7 months ago

Sorry, Travelingman, I've read and reread your comments and can't make sense of them. Are you for or against gun control? Who are the "liquored up hillbillies?" In closing, what the heck are you asking? I'm missing something here.

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