Guns, politicians and taxes in today’s letters to the editor.
Pick of the day: Guns are a bulwark against tyranny
I grieve the loss of those murdered by gun violence, yet I am opposed to those who maintain strict gun control is the panacea for stopping it. The Second Amendment is an integral part of the Constitution, for it guarantees an individual’s right to defend himself and his property. In Castle Rock v. Gonzales in 2005, the Supreme Court ruled 7-2 that “Police have no duty to defend.”
Naturally, police will defend the public to the best of their ability; however, the ruling tragically evinced that the responsibility of personal defense ultimately rests upon the individual citizen. Therefore, it is imperative to preserve the Second Amendment.
When the Constitution was ratified, muzzle-loading firearms were the “assault weapons” of the era. Weapons technology has changed; however, the Second Amendment is as relevant today as ever. Those who clamor for restriction of personal firearms flirt with tyranny: ” … tyranny thrives best where government need not fear the wrath of an armed people.” – Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, 9th Circuit Court of Appeals..
This is corroborated by the atrocities committed by authoritarian states. Where individual arms are outlawed, anomie and genocide reign with impunity.