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What you need to know for 08/17/2017

Our rights are being thrown away by unrealistic fear

Our rights are being thrown away by unrealistic fear

*Our rights are being thrown away by unrealistic fear

Our rights are being thrown away by unrealistic fear

I read the opinion page every day. Since the Newtown shooting, the pages have been filled with letters and editorials concerning gun control. By my casual count, the letters are by far in favor of gun control. In fact, many have called for banning guns altogether. Several have called the Second Amendment anachronistic, a word that I have rarely heard until this topic became so hot on these pages.

I don’t own a gun and never have owned a real one. Nor have I ever fired a real one. But I support a person’s right to own them. One of this nation’s most famous presidents, Franklin Roosevelt, said in an address to the nation on December 8, 1941, “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” So what are all of these gun control zealots afraid of?

The address President Roosevelt gave on that day in December was to announce this nation’s response to a terrible attack the day before on Dec. 7. Maybe some of you have heard of it? The bombing of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese. Do any of you know why the Japanese chose to bomb a naval base in Hawaii instead of landing troops on our shores? They were afraid to attack us with troops because they knew that if they beat the Army, the citizens would fight them because we could own guns. That is the same reason why the Russians never attacked us or the Chinese don’t attack us.

You see, the Second Amendment is not anachronistic by any means. It allows us to defend ourselves against foreign invaders. It allows us to keep an ever-growing (in size and power) government from completely taking all of our rights away. It allows us to protect ourselves and our loved ones from harm by criminals. In other words, it allows us to maintain our inalienable rights of life, liberty, and property.

I am afraid, but not of dying at the hands of some person with a gun. I am afraid that naive and ill-informed people will give our rights away for the purpose of being safe. It has been said by our Founding Fathers that if you give up your freedom for security, you do not deserve either.

I ask those who want gun control, who will protect you if the people can’t have guns? The police? Tell that to the victims of Newtown and Aurora. The military? Tell that to the victims of Fort Hood. Even though there were victims in the Arizona shooting, it would have been a lot worse if there hadn’t been a person there with a gun, who was not a cop, to stop the shooter.

Here is a little history lesson. The Oklahoma City massacre, in which many more people died than in Newtown, including over 100 babies and toddlers, happened after the “assault weapon” ban was enacted. Columbine happened while the “assault weapon” ban was still in place.

Sept. 11 also occurred while the “assault weapon” ban was in place. And the government during the Clinton administration had two mass killings of its own — Ruby Ridge and the David Karesh camp. The point is, gun control won’t stop the killings. And to those who have pointed to Great Britain’s and Australia’s gun bans, yes, gun deaths have been dramatically reduced, but not eradicated, and violent crimes have dramatically increased.

I want to leave you all with this:

They came for your neighbor’s guns, and you said nothing.

They came for our speech, and you did nothing.

They came for our property, and there was nothing we could do.

They came for us, and there was nothing we could do to fight.

The last words of our national [anthem] are: “the land of the free and the home of the brave!” We are neither free nor brave anymore!

John Gaetani

Glenville

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