Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

January 5, 2013

Don’t use a tragedy as a reason for stripping us of our rights

Today, I read several opinion pieces about guns and gun control. I’d like to offer my own opinion.

The Second Amendment DOES NOT guarantee us the right to hunt.

The Second Amendment DOES NOT stipulate which weapons we can own.

The Second Amendment states “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.”

Our founding fathers had just fought and won their freedom from a tyrannical government. The Second Amendment gives us, the people, the right to have the same “arms” as any government, including our own.

Being armed allows us to protect ourselves from being attacked or enslaved. Please don’t be naive enough to think either couldn’t happen again.

You may argue that muskets were being referred to when the Second Amendment was written, not semi-automatic rifles. However, I submit to you the definition of “arms” according to Webster’s: ARMS; a means (as a weapon) of offense or defense. The weapons technology in use at the time of the Second Amendment’s writing is irrelevant.

Many people had an emotional response to shootings in Connecticut, as did I. Unfortunately I believe that response is clouding their judgement.

Evil people will do evil deeds without regard for laws or morality. They will not abide by the rules. We only limit ourselves by allowing our rights to be taken away for a false sense of security. The murders at Sandy Hook were tragic. They should not, however, be used to strip the people of their given rights under the Second Amendment.

To quote James Madison: “I believe there are more instances of the abridgment of the freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments of those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”

Todd K. Derham

Westernport

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