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Letter: Robert Shorter
Guns are an equalizer

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Thomas Jefferson is reputed to have said stated “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government.”

There are only two administrations, in my lifetime, that I have been fearful of becoming a tyrannical government: The first was President Richard Milhous Nixon. The second is President Barack Hussein Obama. Only automatic and semi-automatic weapons would be effective against tyrants. If the Obama administration has its way, it will confiscate those weapons as a prelude to disarming America.

In 1993 President (Bill) Clinton barred officers from carrying personal firearms on military bases. In 2009 a terrorist at Fort Hood killed 32 American service personnel before the civilian police arrived.

The police force has always been good at cleaning up the mess after a crime occurs. However, it is very ineffective at anticipating and preventing crime. Several years ago, an intruder jumped into a girl’s car that was stopped at a stoplight in Bassett. While driving down the road, the girl reached into her purse for a cigarette and pulled out a gun. She then forced the intruder out of her car. In my opinion that lady will not give up her gun, nor will many others.

Next to the wheel and a match, the computer was probably man’s greatest invention. It could also be our greatest downfall. No policeman nor soldier will show up at your door and ask for your gun. The government will use the computer to freeze your bank account and all other financial transactions until you freely turn in your gun. A gun is an equalizer. It gives a 100-pound woman the same strength as a 300-pound man. It puts a skinny weakling on the same level as a person trained and skilled in martial arts.

Being armed makes you a citizen. Being unarmed makes you a servant. President Obama signed 23 executive orders involving gun control. Order 16 states: “Clarify that the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.” If you tell your family physician all about your gun collection, he is surely going to report it to the federal authorities.

Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, millions of Jews and others, who were unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. With North Korea threatening the United States and Iran working on the capability to develop a nuclear bomb, and terrorists having attacked us again on 9/11/12, our politicians want to disarm us. Only in America.

Robert Shorter



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