I have read a number of letters from citizens who, I am confident, are writing from the heart. All propose various controls on firearms, ammunition, and magazine capacities. I certainly empathize with all who decry the recent mass homicides. And it is insufficient for me to quip, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” although it is an accurate assertion.
The Second Amendment was not intended to allow hunters to have rifles and shotguns, nor for individuals to have handguns for personal protection. It was written by the founders of our democracy to ensure that we, the people, would be equipped to defend our republic from our government. A last resort to tyranny is armed insurrection. Remember 1776?
What happened in Libya and what is currently happening in Syria are examples. When our government should attempt to deny our right to keep and bear arms, we should be frightened, because this right is a principle upon which this nation, and our freedom, was founded. When our fellow citizens advocate such action, we should look to history. Germany, Russia and China: how did their citizenry fare? Great Britain restricted gun ownership and crime went up. Australia seems to have had similar “success.”
It is horrible that unstable individuals have used firearms to wreak havoc on our citizens, no question. It would be much more horrific should such individuals achieve a position of power and usurp our right to defend ourselves and our freedom.
Gun owners should keep and secure their weapons properly. Background checks should include searching for evidence of mental illness, which is not happening today.
The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.