Guest Column: Protect our gun rights

Guest Column: Protect our gun rights

Gun rights advocates have protested in Salem over restrictions on firearms. What does the Constitution mean to you? Does it mean our freedoms, granted to us by our Founding Fathers, and our father in heaven? I say “yes.” The Constitution, and the Bill of Rights, are the driving force behind the freedoms we enjoy today. If you take away one of our rights, we lose all of our rights. The Second Amendment was granted to us so we could protect our rights against a tyrannical government, and for people who threaten our families. The safest places in America are the cities and states that have the fewest and least restrictions on owning weapons. The most violent cities are the ones that have the strictest gun laws. Let’s take a look at Chicago. They have some of the strictest gun laws in America. Every year, more people are murdered in Chicago than Americans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Let that sink in for a minute. More people are killed in an American city than two different wars. That should scare you — it does me. In the course of human history, the abuse of authority by men through the arm of the state is not an uncommon event. In America, we have safeties that help prevent this. Ben Franklin said, “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Ballot Measure 4-205 would give us back some of our liberties that […]

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