Almost every day since the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., I read editorials in the newspaper and comments from pundits on cable news channels about gun control. Cliff Shrock’s “My Nickel’s Worth” and J. Andrew Hamlin’s “In My View” Feb. 2 miss the point.
The Second Amendment was written to prevent government tyranny. Gun control legislation is not about guns — like government-controlled health care, it’s about control.
The same government tyranny that threatened freedoms 238 years ago still applies today. Thomas Jefferson said, “When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” Today, we are about as close to a tyrannical government as we can get. The government has its controlling hands in almost everything. In New York City, soft drinks bigger than 16 ounces are illegal.
The Second Amendment does not say, “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, if I am fingerprinted, photographed, register the firearm with the state from a private sale, checked for mental illness, have a revolver or have less than a 10-round magazine.”
The solution to gun control is simple: amend the Second Amendment and add all the restrictions above; but I doubt seriously that the American public, not just the NRA, would approve. Once they take away your right to bear arms, what’s next?