I am a gun owner and have been around guns all my life.
The Second Amendment consists of only two phrases: “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.”
I draw your attention to the first phrase. The Constitution was written after the end of the Revolutionary War, aimed at correcting deficiencies in the Articles of Confederation brought to light by the war.
Reading all the 170 Federalist/Anti-Federalist Papers written in favor and rebuttal, you’ll find that a great portion of the arguments centered around which form of government could best “...provide for the common defense” i.e: a strong central federal government with a standing army or a loosely bound republic with volunteer state militias.
The Second Amendment was to gain the support of the Anti-Federalists. Foreign invasion was on the public’s mind. England, France and Spain already claimed vast portions of what is now the Continental U.S. Potential invaders were already within our boundaries..
Fortunately, we no longer live in the 1700-1800s, and that threat no longer exists. I don’t believe having a weapon in my home capable of firing a large number of rounds without reloading will do much to deter an invading army after they have already defeated the U.S. military. Forget it!
Enough has already been said about needing high-capacity magazines for hunting, so I won’t belabor the point. I believe there is consensus they’re not needed for that purpose.
Concerned about home invasion? Think it through. First, I have to retrieve my weapon from a gun safe, wall rack or bedside drawer.
If I have children in the home, either full time or only occasionally, if I’m a conscientious gun owner, it will be unloaded. When I’m finally ready, I’ll be lucky to get off two to four shots before I’ve killed someone or my weapon is taken away from me and used on me.
I doubt I’ll have need to come charging out of the bedroom spraying the living room with 20-30 rounds without reloading.
Let’s look at sporting competitions: First, hand-held (as opposed to shoulder fired) assault weapons are notoriously inaccurate over any distances that might be used for marksmanship competition, and second, you won’t be expected to fire 20-30 rounds without reloading.
What about the human trait of just wanting to “possess” something? I personally have as long a wish list as the next person.
But, usually after a period of rational thought, reason steps in and I conclude that my life won’t be substantially altered if I do or don’t have the gun of my dreams.
Machine guns, short-barreled rifles and shotguns and silencers have been banned since 1934. Are we better or worse off because of it?
After the gang wars of the Prohibition era, the days of shoot-em up bank robbers of the 1920-30s; I think we can all conclude that we’re better off. The same will be said of high-volume magazines. But it’s my right! Yes it is.
Physicists tell us that the arrow of time always points toward entropy. Our society is constantly evolving and becoming more complex. Our laws need to keep pace,
How many things can you do or not do now that they could or couldn’t do in the 1700s? Is our lot better now than theirs was then? Granted, our society has a lot of failures and pitfalls to be corrected, but this could be a start. It’s time to apply some rational thought to this matter.
I am a gun owner and have been around guns all my life.
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What exactly is the long-range plan, according to the Allegany County Commissioners?
I’ve read in the Cumberland Times-News that the current County Commissioners intend to spend $9 million to construct a new high school.
H.O.G. Rally coming to Cumberland in June
Let me introduce myself. My name is Francine Kraft and I am the Maryland/Delaware State H.O.G. Rally Coordinator for 2014.
With a team of seven others, we have put together a rally for June 19-22 to be held in Cumberland.
Access to trout ponds hard for those who have trouble walking
I took my 5-year-old grandson Easton, who lives in Cumberland, to the Evitts Creek three ponds on March 31, the day it was stocked with trout.He had the joy and excitement of catching his first trout and two more. I have a Maryland fishing license and trout stamp.
Wait long enough; they will die off without being cared for
The letter to the editor of April 14 (“Military veterans have few friends in Washington, D.C.”), I am afraid, hit the nail on the head — sort of — about this next set of returning veterans.
Translations differ, but the message is eternal
This letter is in response to a recent letter titled “One cannot compromise on God’s word” (April 13 Times-News). I had previously written a letter titled “Why are compromises so difficult to achieve” (April 7).
Closing the loopholes will help clear the regulatory waters
After a decade of uncertainty over Clean Water Act jurisdiction following Supreme Court challenges in 2001 and 2006, the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers announced a forthcoming administrative rule to close enforcement loopholes, restoring protections to 20 million acres of wetlands, more than half the nation’s streams, and drinking water for 117 million Americans.
Remember where your freedom comes from before criticizing
The deal at Fort Hood could have been avoided if it was caught in time.
When you think a GI is not acting right, have him or her checked out before you put them back on duty and give them a weapon. Post-traumatic stress disorder is a serious and dangerous problem if it is not taken care of right away.
Midterm elections give chance to return to American values
A movement has been started by veterans of our armed forces to get out the vote in 2014. That includes Coast Guard and Merchant Marine personnel for those not familiar with the history of both and their sacrifice. This is no small special interest group, but many millions of Americans who can have an enormous impact on the outcome of the November election if they all respond.
Military veterans have few friends in Washington, D.C.
Our legislators in Washington must stop playing politics with our veterans, this is especially true of Vietnam war veterans. Will the game playing carry over to our veterans of present day wars? Will they too become pawns? Veterans have few friends in Washington. Just like the Vietnam veterans, today’s veterans will face
what we are up against, little to no support.
One cannot compromise on God’s word
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