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Gun control issue goes way back

Published: January 21, 2013
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George Santayana said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” History is replete with examples of tyrannical governments that banned weapons. The Second Amendment says, “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.”

Simple. The Founders intended this amendment to ensure citizens could overthrow a tyrannical government and for self-defense — unalienable rights. The U.S. Supreme Court confirmed this as recently as 2010. A co-author of the amendment, George Mason, said, “I ask sir, who is the militia? It is the whole people ... To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.”

There's no liberty without gun ownership and the Second Amendment. This disgraceful attack on law-abiding citizens is dishonorable! The Democrats shouldn't fret over the National Rifle Association; it's the other 96 million lawful gun owners who will defeat them in 2014.

Douglas C. Tate, Elk City