Assault weapons are not the problem

In a recently published letter to the editor, it was advocated banning assault weapons, citing the reason for doing so was that the founding fathers could not have possibly fathomed what type of weapons would be available in today’s age when the Second Amendment was drafted.

To those who subscribe to this logic I ask, would you be willing to apply that logic to the First Amendment?

After all, when it was drafted the world was limited to word of mouth and hand operated printing presses as means of communicating.

The telegraph was not even invented, and the founding fathers could not have dreamed up such things as the telephone, television, radio, Internet, smart phones or the movie and video game industry.

Millions of people can be reached at a frightening speed today by almost anyone, so the First Amendment obviously should not apply to those inventions according to your logic.

The philosophy of gun control believes that the solution to someone speeding through your neighborhood at 100 mph when the posted speed limit is 25 mph is to lower the speed limit to 20 mph.

Semi-automatic weapons have been here for well over 100 years, and the public had access to fully automatic weapons until the 1930s, yet the mass shootings of civilians by civilians is a relatively recent occurrence and was unheard of during the first half of the last century.

In light of this, to find the answer to the problem, we must ask ourselves what has changed in the last 50 years.

The glorification of violence in movies and video games has appeared during that time frame.

So has the phenomenon of the perpetrators of these acts gaining fame by a constant bombardment of coverage by the media of their misdeeds.

The founding fathers conceived and wrote the bill of rights for one reason and one reason only- to protect individual citizens and the states from what the federal government was capable of turning into.

The Second Amendment has nothing to do with hunting; it is there to protect us from tyranny in government.

If you think that is not possible today because of our level of civility, you need to think again.

The last 100 years have produced a shocking number of evil leaders, and the world considered itself very civilized during that time frame.

Shame on those who are eager to gut parts of the Bill of Rights simply because they don’t personally exercise that right.

Pro-gun citizens are just as disgusted and repulsed by Newtown as anti-gun citizens are but don’t believe gun control is the answer.

Chicago has some of the toughest gun laws in the US, yet has one of the highest gun murder rates in the country.

The answer is to remove the desire these monsters have or identify them and get them the help they need.

They will use a car as a weapon if they have to. Be very careful what you ask your government for.

After all, since the Newtown tragedy happened, there have been about 100,000 babies aborted in the US, using current statistics, and most of the politicians trying to bring you gun control are perfectly fine with that fact.

You should fear President Obama using executive orders and bypassing Congress much more than you should fear your neighbor owning a semi-automatic handgun with a 15-round magazine.

Clifford Henry