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April 2, 2013

Letter: Citizens have a God-given right to bear arms

To the editor:

With all of the assailments on the Second Amendment recently, and the distortions from some of our leaders, I would like to let people know that there are no laws that could have prevented Adam Lanza from the atrocious deeds committed in Newtown, Conn.

I am sorry to say that denial is prevalent in today’s society. It cost Adam’s mother her life and the life of many innocent children. Mental illness needs closer observation and reporting.

Our Founding Fathers painstakingly and forthrightly gave us a document protecting the citizenry from a tyrannical government, which they came into this country to escape. They gave us the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights and our Constitution, with separation of powers for checks and balances.

Those in power came from varied backgrounds in order to preserve a fair representation. Today, however, we have in power a large majority of lawyers, which is a largely unbalanced majority.

Our Constitution has been assailed thousands of times during the last 200 years, and only 27 times have there been amendments to it by varied supreme courts.

The right to bear arms for the citizens of this country is a God-given right and not a right given to us from the government. Our Founding Fathers presumed a moral citizenry.

The Second Amendment is and remains an unambiguous and unrestricted guarantee that all Americans, regardless of race, religion or class, have the right to own and bear arms and use them for their own self-defense. The term assault rifles today has been construed and misrepresented, particularly by the press, as military fully automatic weapons. They are not, and have been illegal to posses for civilian use. There are only military look-alike weapons that are very popular among some target shooters and hunters.

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