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Knee-jerk gun control

December 22, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

Most of you know me to be an Independent when it comes to my political persuasion. I am a strong American Patriot. My husband was proud to serve 4-1/2 years in the U.S. Navy. We are proud to live in America and be Americans. He felt his time served was to defend the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and all that controlled our way of life and freedoms we enjoy in America. If you feel the same way, please consider what I say in this letter.

I am deeply saddened for the people who lost their lives, both adult and children alike. However, I do not think America should make a knee-jerk reaction to this sad shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Right off the bat, the politicians are wanting to modify the Second Amendment. Why? Because it will help in their efforts to be re-elected. I'm sure most of you know what it says, but this will refresh your memory;

The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It was adopted on Dec. 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights.

On Sunday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said she would introduce legislation this week to ban assault weapons. The Democratic lawmaker authored the previous ban that lapsed in 2004. Friday's shooter, Adam Lanza, was armed with the Bushmaster AR 15 rifle and two handguns he carried into the school. He had a fourth weapon, a shotgun, in his car outside. Please note that only one of the four weapons in his possession was an assault weapon.

Rep. Louie Gohmert thinks allowing major weapons into places where they're currently banned, like schools, could prevent another massacre like Newtown. "Every mass killing of more than three people in recent history has been in a place where guns were prohibited," he said. "They choose this place; they know no one will be armed." If the teachers or principals were armed, they may have prevented this!

Let's remember, the first assault weapon was a rock. There is no ban on rocks. A baseball bat can be used as an assault weapon, if there is a mass murder with a bat, are we going to ban them? Please remember, "It is not the weapon that kills people, it is the person!" Does this look like a dangerous weapon? It is a Bushmaster AR 15 just like the one the murder had!

Please contact your congressional representative and ask him not to modify the Second Amendment!

Mary West

Cape Coral



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