The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

February 12, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013


Gun rights protect all other rights, liberty

I offer a word of advice for those intent on stripping millions of law-abiding citizens of their Second Amendment rights to bear arms. (Yes, the inconvenient truth for liberals is that this is a constitutional right.) This is the caveat I give: Be careful what you wish for.

Please allow me to explain. The very people who would applaud if the government ran rough-shod over the Constitution and stripped me (and millions of law-abiding citizens like me) of my constitutional right to bear arms, would be apoplectic if their First Amendment right to free speech were taken from them. They would never dream that they might be stripped of these rights, or that their Hollywood friends were stripped of their rights to produce much of the garbage that comes out guised as entertainment.

No, these people would never imagine that this could happen to them. What they must realize is that the same government that could take away Second Amendment rights with the stroke of a pen could just as easily do the same with First Amendment.

They would say, “We will fight for our rights of free speech,” which begs the question, with what will you fight? Once the government has managed to confiscate the very means with which we protect ourselves, i.e. guns, there really is no stopping a tyrannical/dictatorial government from doing whatever they want, whenever they want.

Unfortunately, since we have so much revisionist history being taught and not the true history of our relatively young country, most people do not realize that the right to bear arms was put into place by a government that realized a citizenry must be able to protect itself from not only marauders and those who would seek to do harm to them and/or their property, but from the government itself.

These men had come from an oppressive government in England with a monarchy and they knew all too well the dangers of a large, all-powerful, oppressive government. Why else would Thomas Jefferson say “Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not”? And John Adams said “Those who trade liberty for security have neither.” Lastly, Benjamin Franklin said “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what’s for dinner; liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

Remember, gun-control is not about guns, it’s about control.

Steve Hardin


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