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GUNS: Sane limits are patriotic

Letter by Fred LaMotte, Steilacoom on July 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm | 27 Comments »
July 24, 2012 2:43 pm

My friends on the left tell me that George Bush engineered the 9/11 massacre – you know, to give oil companies an excuse to invade Iraq.

Now my friends on the right tell me that Barack Obama engineered the Aurora, Colo., movie theater massacre – you know, to give U.N. black helicopters an excuse to take away our semiautomatic assault rifles, the ones we use to hunt rabbits, with clips that fire 100 rounds in less than a minute.

So here I am in the middle, trying keep my head together. Maybe the center between two conditions of madness is also insane.

Nevertheless, I support HR 308, which would end the legal sale of mass-murder ammunition clips, the kind that have been used in several slaughters since the assault weapons ban was allowed to expire in 2004.

The Second Amendment was written in the implicit context of self-defense. It gives citizens the right to bear arms for a sane purpose, not the right to commit mass murder with weapons that the founders couldn’t conceive of.

If you argue that the right to bear arms applies to any and all possible weapons that will ever be invented, then there is no reason why civilians shouldn’t have the right to carry chemical weapons and atomic bombs in briefcases. Which reduces your argument to an absurdity.

Therefore, I support HR 308 because sane gun control, that restricts weapons of mass murder, is patriotic.

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