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In regards to Sylvia Medley’s question in her letter published in the Jan. 16 edition of the Mountain Democrat concerning her banter with Mr. Edger Brown as to why large capacity clips are necessary, I wish to state the answer that everyone seems to ignore, but is well known in the hearts of freedom-loving Americans. The purpose is, to have the means to overthrow a tyrannical government should the occasion arise, as it did prior to the Revolutionary War. At the time the 2nd Amendment was ratified this country had just overthrown a tyrannical government with the arms in the possession of the people at the time. It’s not about shooting sports or hunting, or gun collecting. It’s simply about freedom. More people are killed with automobiles than with guns every year but do we ban automobiles? No, why, because we need them, and the bloodshed by careless drivers is tragic, but yet somehow justified. Same principal. A gun cannot load itself and walk itself to a school and open fire by itself, any more than a car can drive itself into a full school bus.
Making something illegal to own, or possess only expands the black market value. Prohibition didn’t work. Do you actually think someone couldn’t go into South Sacramento or Stockton and buy on today’s black market all the high-capacity clips they want, or even a full auto weapon, or worse? Banning or confiscation is not the answer, the answer is in human behavior. Oklahoma City, or the WTC Twin Towers, no guns were used. If I could press a button and make all the guns in the world disappear forever, would I do it? Of course not. People who wanted to kill people would just use something else to do it with, probably something worse. But if I could push a button and make all the people in the world who want to kill people disappear forever, I would.
As for the National Rifle Association. The remark made about the “NRA’s only suggestion to preventing another massacre is placing armed guards,” really has no more common sense to it than asking the United Auto Workers Union to prevent drunk drivers. The NRA is an organization formed with the primary purpose of protecting the rights of American Citizens to keep and bear arms as prescribed by the Second Amendment. But it has no obligation to manage, police, or produce solutions to the behavior of killers, or criminals of any description, nor the vested power to do so.