The Herald Bulletin

March 13, 2013

Government wages assault on the Second Amendment

By Landen Guffey
Alexandria resident

— Boom! Your front door gets kicked open, armed men run in, lucky you got your assault rifle! Think again because the government says you cannot own an assault rifle, and it looks like you’re dead. If we don’t stand up for our rights, we will have no way to protect ourselves. “To disarm the people is the best way to enslave them” — a quote from George Mason.

I have one thing to say to you, my fellow American brothers. Our forefathers fought against an army that outnumbered and outgunned them 1,000 to one. They knew the odds were against them and they were not going to win, but die, and still they kept fighting. Why? You might ask. Well, I can tell you, it’s because they would rather die than surrender to the crown. That American spirit never gave up, no matter what the adds were. That is why you are here today.

I will fight for my rights and for my guns, no matter how big or small the foe; just as our forefathers did hundreds of years ago. The forefathers of this country made the Constitution for a reason, and we have a right to bear arms, no matter what type, and no one shall take that away from us. The creators of this country fought and died so they could have their dream to be free from people trying to tell them what they could and could not do. This is exactly what is happening now.

First, they will take our assault rifles, then they will take our handguns and, finally, they will take them all away. After they take all of them, they will control us, because we will have no weapons with which to defend ourselves. In the end, they will enslave us all, like our forefathers did the blacks and like the Egyptians did the Jews. If we don’t fight for our rights now, in the end, we will all be working in the fields, picking tobacco. When our guns are taken away it will just put more guns in the hands of criminals, and less in the hands of those who need them for protection.

The worst thing that would happen if guns were taken away would be the opening of a black market for guns, and the government won’t know how many guns or what kind are in circulation, and guns will be out of the database making it almost impossible to find a shooter. And, there will be more killings. If you look at the big picture, letting the government take our guns away would be a big mistake for the country and for all of its citizens. The government could be collecting thousands, if not millions, of dollars in taxes. If they take guns away from us, the black market will be making all the money, tax free.

The only thing different from an assault rifle and a semi-automatic hunting rifle is their appearance. The stupid people in Washington need to remember that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. A gun in the right hands can do twice as much good as evil, by taking people killing innocent civilians, like that dude who shot all the people in that movie theater, out with a single round.

We should all be allowed our Second Amendment right to carry arms and that right should not be taken away.