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February 10, 2013

If we lose one right, others may be next

I have read everyone’s views on gun control and concluded after reading letters from lawyers, teachers, students and even prisoners that I’m glad I didn’t waste money going to college.

People think if it looks like something the military uses, it’s a military style weapon. I’ve read that the founding fathers didn’t include this type of weapon for hunting or self defense so it’s not protected by the Second Amendment. Anything the military has should not be in the hands of civilians.

Shouldn’t we include certain type of computers — the ones that can hack into military sites and steal sensitive information or cause children to commit suicide from cyber-bullying.

Do we really need high speed Internet. How about military style clothes — cargo pants (to hide stolens items?)

How about backpacks, four-wheel drive vehicles, rubber rafts planes? They’re OK as long as you don’t add accessories like high output lights, brush guards, two way radios, GPS.

Sounds pretty stupid, but that what’s going on with the rifles that can be made to look like military weapons? If you add a pistol grip, bayonet lug, folding or telescoping stock, forward grip, barrel shroud, or has a detachable magazine, it becomes a military weapon.

Just about all semi-autos have detachable or tubular magazines. If they ban one, why not the other?

I had teachers who taught the Constitution and the difference between a inalienable right and a privilege. They taught hunter safety in school and talked about what would happen if the Constitution was abolished.

History tells us what happens when power takes over. Teachers, doctors, lawyers and anyone else who can be a threat disappears. One party talking about guns, as if its the worst thing a civilian can have, takes me back to history classes. My uncle who fought in World War II saw the oppression of people who became subjects to an overpowering government.

When you have politicians who say the Constitution is outdated and needs to be rewritten, it scares me. How about you?  Eric Holder said in 1995 that we should brainwash people about guns like we did with cigarettes.

And our President, as a senator saying guns need to be taken, tells me of the actual intent. Stir up the people, make it an issue, say it enough and people will believe it, like Nancy Pelosi said.

If you lose one right, what keeps us from losing more or all?

Who taught mass shooting, and how did it begin? I’m a certified rifle instructor and belong to a shooting club and I never saw this in our training. Where was it taught?

If Big Bird Teaches good things, can violent videos and movies teach bad behavior? I guess not, because all that needs to be banned is the rifle that can be made to look like a military weapon.

If it is banned, why do we need background checks on other firearms? I read that I can’t hunt or fish, drive a vehicle without a license. Maryland Law says I can hunt and fish, drive on my own land without a licence and insurance.

What if someone steals my firearms and creates havoc? If someone steals your car and does damage, does your insurance cover it or is it an illegal act, not covered by your insurance?

If you believe they don’t want to take your guns that’s your choice, but it might be your computer next. The Framers didn’t name them in the First Amendment.

How can any rational person argue against promoting the destruction of the American Constitution?

Thomas A. Stark

Oakland

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