2/2/2013 7:30:00 AM Second Amendment needs to be looked at through the lens of 2013
To the editor:
Democracy is dynamic. It changes with the people or it would die. Our Founding Fathers, when drafting the Second Amendment, wanted citizens to be able to provide food and protection for their families. They had no concept of machine guns or armor piercing bullets.
The Constitution must respond to the current reality of today, just as the First Amendment had to respond and adjust to airline security when the skies were threatened. Yes, there is still freedom of speech which is guaranteed by our forefathers, but it has been modified by bloodshed and headlines. You can no longer stand up on an airplane and scream, "I have a bomb!" I believe that this is a good thing.
The year is now 2013 and there is a call for more control over weapons of mass destruction. I believe the time has come. Enough of our citizens have died. Let us raise our collective voices and say, "Enough!" Or let us agree as a nation that AK-47s will be used for deer hunting next season.
Pat O'Grady, Rhinelander
Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013
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They also had no concept of using a "computer" to exercise your right to free speech, or websites being protected by the freedom of the press.
Your logic is not only flawed, but dangerous. It demonstrates a complete lack of the current political situation involving firearms, and typifies those who wish to demonize guns and the people that own them.
Machine guns, for your information, are regulated by the National Firearms Act, the Gun Control Act. Any weapons that are capable of firing more than one round per pull of the trigger are highly regulated and tracked. The legal requirements for an individual to own one are so restrictive that only a miniscule percentage of legal automatic weapons are used in crimes. Contrary to popular belief, most modern sporting rifles available in the U.S. (AR-15's and AK-47-type weapons) are not capable of being modified to fire in "full-auto" due to how the receiver is designed.
As for armor-piercing ammunition, I believe you'll find that just about any basic 30-06 or .308 hunting round, that a vast majority of Wisconsin citizens use for deer hunting, is capable of penetrating even Type IIIA, Type III, and even some Type IV body armor. Most law enforcement agencies issue either Type II or IIIA to its members, which will not protect them from most rifle-caliber rounds.
As for deer hunting with an AK47, there are quite a few people in this country that use an AK-style weapon to hunt already. They are law-abiding hunters that use the proper 5-round magazines when doing so within Wisconsin, as most states currently have magazine limits on weapons used when hunting. They can then go home and use a 30-rounder while target shooting.
I would respectfully ask that you keep your emotional appeals away from our nation's Bill of Rights. Our guaranteed freedoms are what make this country so great, and in times of grief like this one, many people tend to react based on misguided emotion rather than logical thought.
Taking my AR-15's away from me will not make this country any safer. It will not make children safer and it will not make you or your family safer. I am a law-abiding and legal gun owner that does not deserve to be punished for the acts of random mad men.
Legal gun owners are not the problem, criminals are. When people start understanding this, you will find that much of the divisiveness that has plagued this country of late, may start to dissipate.
Posted: Saturday, February 2, 2013
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The Second Amendment was installed to protect the people from becoming subjects to a tyrannical government. The right to keep and bear arms is the best insurance in keeping democracy alive. So if the writer contends that AR-15's and AK-47's are weapons of mass destruction, then he must be justifying Bush's claim of Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction. The people of this once proud country will need their arms to revolt against the overbearing government and install a government by the people and for the people. Which is exactly why the current socialist regime in DC wants to have records and controls on the free citizens of this country. Learn from history, Obama has, which is why he wants to disarm/maintain databases on us like Hitler did. It is ridiculous that the Democrats victimized these children again for their political agenda, Obama's right hand man Rham Emanuel once said, "Never let a good crisis go to waste." Hiding behind children now and also behind women for killing children. They rail against the death penalty for criminals who harm women and children. That is an all inclusive party.
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