, Salem, MA


January 22, 2013

Letter: Gun controls will protect citizens' rights


The use of the word “treason,” as was applied by Mr. Mirabito to our president, is certainly incendiary and is used for heightened effect; there is no constitutional right for civilians to have weapons of mass destruction such as tactical/assault weapons or rocket-propelled grenade launchers.

Thank goodness for people like state Rep. David Linsky and others who are taking steps to ban future sales of these military-type weapons; require mental health and other qualifying evaluations; ban high-capacity, military-style ammo magazines, except in supervised gun ranges only; and to also require liability insurance for those who have guns in their home or carry guns on their person. These are all good regulations that will work to protect our American right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Finally, there is no constitutional legacy of armed citizens attacking their own democratically elected government. We have laws against armed rebellion; there are no citizen rights for armed insurrection by unhappy citizens against their democratically elected government.

Darcy Dale

South Hamilton

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