Letter: To supporters of the Second amendment: You were right to fear.

Letter: To supporters of the Second amendment: You were right to fear.

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) A man clutching a flag and carrying a gun listened to speakers as a group calling themselves Citizens and Students For Liberty (SFL) gathered at the Utah State Capitol on Saturday to show their support for the Second Amendment, Saturday, April 14, 2018. The Founding Fathers were rightfully fearful. The colonies had been under the thumb of an autocrat, the king of England, for over 150 years. In setting up a new government, what they feared most was creating a government that concentrated too much power in the hands of just a few. In their brilliance and their fear, they designed a system of separation of powers, and checks and balances. Two houses of Congress (each individually weak), a weak presidency and a Supreme Court to referee conflicts were set up to deliberately divide power. The Bill of Rights was also devised to protect against a government with too-concentrated power. The First Amendment guaranteed a free press, to oversee and call out the potential abuses of power. The Second Amendment guaranteed the right to keep weapons, again to guard against a government that might try to oppress the citizens. The Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Amendments established the firm rule of law to protect citizens from government abuse of power. It was a brilliant plan, and it has maintained the strength of our country for 230 years. That grand design, to make us a nation of laws and to diffuse and […]

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