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January 17, 2013

My view: Gun controls will strip citizens of their rights

It is surprising that despite all the flag-waving and patriotic fervor most Americans take part in, few actually pay heed to the principles of this country’s Founding Fathers. In fact, most not only pay no respect to the wisdom of those men, they seek political ends contrary to the Constitution of the United States.

As the government sells all taxpayers into debt slavery to the Federal Reserve Bank under the rubric of “quantitative easing” and Americans are conditioned to a police state with their grandmothers being molested at the airport, yet another pillar in the Bill of Rights is about to fall.

I’m not talking about the Fourth Amendment. That was eliminated on the eve of 2012 with President Obama’s signing of the National Defense Authorization Act, which allows the president to seize and indefinitely detain American citizens belligerent to the state with no due civil process. It provides that citizens may be tried before secret military tribunals and renditioned to another country.

Now it is the Second Amendment’s turn to be rescinded. Tragic as it was, the Newtown, Conn., school shooting tragedy is being exaggerated to the point that national and state legislators are openly seeking the seizure of arms from legally licensed gun owners.

According to the FBI, more Americans are killed every year by fists and strangulation than by rifles. More Americans are killed every year by clubs and knives than by rifles. Ten times as many people die every year from bad interactions with prescription medications than perish as the victim of a homicide by a gun. Yet despite the fact that you are more likely to die in an accident caused by deer crossing the road than become the victim of a mass shooting, the stalwart defense of private citizens against tyranny will likely be revoked very soon.

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