Dick: Gun control or just control?

Dick: Gun control or just control?

Wayne Dick is a retired truck driver and social worker who lives in Riverton, Wyoming. He can be reached at wcdick@bresnan.net As I watched the president state his intent to use his powers to exert more control over gun owners in a country that is touted as a free country I began to think back to what has already been lost via laws and interpretations of laws. The second amendment gives us the right to bear arms, that is to own a gun, and though seemingly challenged almost daily, it still stands. However, what are our rights to use that weapon to defend ourselves, our property or others? The seemingly first to go was the right to defend ones’ property. I could be wrong, but I know of no court that would clear you of a crime for using deadly force to defend your property alone. I have watched and read about many people of assorted nationalities who lost their businesses as they were looted and burned by rioters this last year. Some of these people lost everything but their lives. But they could not have lawfully defended their property unless their lives were in danger, and in some locals not even then. Had their lives been in danger then another stipulation comes into play and this includes in your own home. Was there any possibility of escape? If there was then most often you cannot legally defend yourself. You are required to retreat if at all possible. Although […]

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