Clarifying myths about gun rights

Published: January 20, 2013
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A 2008 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court clarified and confirmed that the Second Amendment gives American citizens the right to own weapons for sporting use and for personal and home protection. It's a myth, however, that the amendment prohibits this society from enacting any restrictions on those rights. It's a myth that legitimate sportsmen have a need or “God-given” right to possess military-style weapons capable of using high-capacity magazines. It's a myth that the government or any non-governmental organization has plans to confiscate weapons and disarm the citizenry.

What's not a myth is that the National Rifle Association is dedicated not to the preservation of gun owners' rights but to the protection of the profits made by the 144 arms manufacturers in America. The NRA has consistently and successfully broadcast its propaganda to make sure that unwarranted fear among gun owners assures continued support. The NRA has successfully captured the allegiance of many hapless congressmen by threatening their political careers and electability.

Every American has a right to buy and possess chemical fertilizers but society has placed limits on the quantities that individuals can accumulate following Timothy McVeigh's murderous deed. My hope is that it's a myth that a majority of America's gun owners are so dogmatically committed to the NRA that they'll resist supporting any reasonable limitations that society decides to impose that would help to curtail gun violence so prevalent in our country.

Lowell Adams, Oklahoma City


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