I recently received an email from a friend encouraging me to vote in a USA Today poll in support of the 2nd Amendment and the right to bear arms.
1. The argument that the 2nd Amendment gives citizens the right to bear
arms has been twisted from its original intent which was to protect the
right of citizens to defend themselves against aggressors through an
armed, citizen militia. There are ample written proofs of this in the letters
and discussions of the forefathers concerning the issue. Today's
interpretation is taken totally out of context.
However, being a
gun owner myself, I have no argument with today's interpretation except
that, it goes way too far in the wrong direction.
2. We the
citizens have every right to limit the possession of firearms for our
own protection from other citizens. Assault weapons, armor piercing
ammunition, machine guns of any sort, and explosives should be outlawed
with stiff penalties and jail time for violators including so-called
sham gun collectors. The slaughter of our school children, co-workers,
innocent people in a theater and road rage has reached the point of
absurdity and you can bet the founding fathers had no idea there could
be such savagery against each other or the 2nd Amendment would have been
worded quite differently.
Therefore, I will not sign such a
petition and pretty much oppose radical organizations such as the NRA
and nearly every issue they support.