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Americans’ gun rights won’t be curtailed

I would like to direct this writing to those Americans that advocate for gun control or for assault weapon bans. There is good news and very bad news towards the success of a ban or control of guns.

The so-called tragedy of the Newtown massacre has elevated the gun control discussion like no other because most of the victims were our most innocent ones (ages 5 to 10). President Obama had our nation’s flag flying at half staff.

Wow! Too bad he didn’t take a more serious tone when he and Mitt Romney were asked about gun control during the debate (but that’s another issue I have).

All over the world, people are debating why America has so much more killings with guns (over 30,000 in 2011) than any other developed nation. For gun control proponents, this is your best time.

Now for the very bad news, there will be no bans on assault weapons, all guns or any major gun control for the foreseeable future. In this country, once a freedom is given to the majority of the public and the public has a strong embrace toward that freedom, there is no chance of the government taking it back. Ask the people in Egypt after they had a small taste of what democracy is all about. There is no going back for them (good luck with that, Muslim Brotherhood).

We that see the events in Newtown, Conn., as shameful on our adults and lawmakers will get over it until the next expected mass shooting. Those who believe the 2nd Amendment includes weapons that soldiers on the battlefield carry will also mourn. The only difference is one group believes more guns keeps “law abiding” Americans safer and the other group believes this is the new normal for gun-happy America.

TONY WRIGHT

Albany

Comments

waltspecht 1 year, 7 months ago

Would that you were right, but most honest folks will turn in the weapons just like they did in 1934. Then the weapons could be innitially registered without the stamp payment, I believe it would have to happen that way if they go the Class III route. Remember when Street Sweepers had to be registered? There was no cost to the initial registrar. The Socialists will try to do it, and sink all of us in the process. However, they will sleep a lot better knowing no one has the means to take revenge against them for screwing up this country

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Nous_Defions 1 year, 7 months ago

Mr. Wright,

I suggest that you put your collectivist views aside for awhile and study the history leading up to the first ten amendments constituting "The Bill of Rights". Those rights are Natural Rights, not granted by an earthly institution but by "God and Nature's God". Get this Sir, they predate any of Man's laws and governments. The purpose of the Bill of Rights was to restrict the government , not the Citizen. As far as the Second Amendment, it's intent was to insure the the People had equal means to overthrow a tyranical government.

“Among the natural rights of the colonists are these: First a right to life, secondly to liberty, and thirdly to property; together with the right to defend them in the best manner they can” Samuel Adams

Open your mind Sir, then you may look at life from a Libertarian point of view.

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Tonto 1 year, 7 months ago

Not worth reading. The moment the author decided to call what happened a "so-called tragedy" he lost any credibility to speak for either side in this debate.

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Nous_Defions 1 year, 7 months ago

All over the world, people are debating why America has so much more killings with guns (over 30,000 in 2011) than any other developed nation. For gun control proponents, this is your best time.

We wouldn't want to exaggerate would we Mr. Wright? Here is a link to the FBI's Crime statistics link text

It seems you are incorrect (never let the facts get in the way of an agenda, right?) there were only 8,583 homicides committed with an firearm in the USA and it's territories in 2011. In fact there were only 12,664 total homicides by all instruments, guns, knives, cars, hands, baseball bats, poison etc.

Futhermore there were only 323 homicides committed with a RIFLE! No data on how many of those were the EBRs (Evil Black Rifles) all the collectivists and media are having a sissy (not a typo) fit about. We should be as concerned about the 69 children (under 16 yr. old) that were killed by drone strikes across the world last year. I suggest that from this day forward that The Herald require you to post links to data that you use to promote your agendas.

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LuLu 1 year, 7 months ago

The flag was flying at half-staff for the Senator who died the same week, not for the Newtown victims.

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waltspecht 1 year, 7 months ago

Wrong! The President had ordered the Flags to Half-staff on all Federal Buildings from Friday to Tuesday Sundown for the Children and Teachers. Then on Tuesday he released an immediate order to fly it at half-stall for the Senator from Hawaii, a holder of the Congressional Medal of Honor. One of the first ligitimate reasons I have heard in a long time to lower Old Glory. It has now become a Political Act instead of an earned honor. At least in my humble opinin. I do fly my flag, and dress it accordingly, even if I don't always agree with the motivation. I was indeed saddened by the School Shootings, but felt it was short of porper motivation for Lowering that Flag. That was a Military Honor until the Politicians hijacked it. Heck, now if the Post Master General dies they lower the flags at all Post Offices, now if that isn't self egrandizing, I don't know what is. It may only be a Flag Code, but it gets userpted all to often.

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