Second Amendment must be protected

We have been recently been told by gun control activists of the utopian solution of accommodation to fight gun violence in this country, additionally, they claim the 2nd amendment is outdated and the government does have the authority to infringe on our right to bear arms. This idea of giving into a greater role of government regarding gun safety is not only absurd, but the lack of common sense on this issue is disturbing. This is not a left or right issue, libertarian or independent issue this is an American issue about the men and women of this country being able to defend themselves against tyranny and having the power to preserve liberty and freedom. The second amendment was designed to protect the people not from the best of government, but from the worst of government. This is the key principle our forefathers created when instituting the second amendment into the U.S. constitution. The question needs to be asked, “If you are in a situation of defending yourself, what type of firearm would be most proficient, a hunting rifle or an assault rifle?”

If we give up the right to be able to buy certain kinds of firearms, then what is next? Will we have a select few religions to choose from, will free speech be regulated? Americans must draw the line; we must fight against this ridiculous idea that we can trade freedom for safety. Benjamin Franklin once said, ‘They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.’

I believe these words are just as true today as they were 230 years ago. The rest of this argument is academic, however. The opposing front knows academic studies by economists or criminologists have found that the Brady Act or other state background checks have not reduced violent crime. 

So let’s set the record straight on how many mass murders have targeted a gun store, a shooting range or a NRA banquet. History has shown that gun violence has been targeted where people are not allowed to have the means to defend themselves against danger. 

Do we honestly believe that the American citizen bordering Mexico would be safer if we banned assault rifles while our own government gives drug cartels the same kind of weapons they won’t let U.S. citizens acquire? Not allowing men and women to properly defend themselves as they see necessary is the act of a repressive government. We could look at another country such as Switzerland where every man is required, and women are encouraged, to serve in the militia and have been trained and given an assault rifle to keep even after they serve their time. Switzerland’s gun crimes in 2006 were less than 40 and most of these crimes were with illegally obtained guns, comparing to the U.S. at over 11,000. 

The FBI has reported that gun purchases in the past ten years have increased 60 percent while our murder rate has dropped 2 percent. It’s time we face the fact that gun ownership lowers the rate of murder or they are not correlated at all. 

The terrible mass murders at the Aurora Theater in Colorado, Virginia tech, University of Alabama, etc. would have not been prevented if more gun control laws were in place. We will never be able to prevent crazy people from doing crazy things no matter what laws are instituted — that’s the world we live in. 

The voices of appeasement coming from people who would rather live on their knees than die on their feet do not speak for the rest of us. You and I understand that life is too precious for this kind of thinking. Winston Churchill once said, ‘There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, and whether we like it or not, that spells duty.’ Therefore we must have the sense of duty and we must have the courage to ask our elected officials not how they feel regarding the second amendment, but what are they doing to protect it.

Second amendment supporters will preserve freedom for this generation and those to come, or we will be lead down the road of obscurity and subjugation. 

Kyle Wood is a second class petty officer in the United States Navy and a former Peninsula resident.


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