To the Editor: Ownership of weapons is historic hallmark of free men
Written by John Randall   
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 09:25
The impulse to micromanage other people's lives is alive and well. The ownership of weapons is an historic hallmark of free men. Those denied weapons were slaves and serfs forced to live in humiliating dependence on those who dominated them. Our forefathers acknowledged the reality that the only truly free people are armed people, and they enshrined that natural law in the Second Amendment. Gun owners resist registration and other forms of "reasonable" gun laws because those calling for them have an unbroken history of dishonesty. Every time it's been implemented, gun registration becomes confiscation, oppression, and tyranny.
Many Americans still believe in self-determination. They cherish their liberty and want no part of a nanny state--no matter how well-intentioned or benign on the surface. The idea that gun-control does anything to reduce crime has been debunked so often, so completely, and so irrefutably that those who call for more of it should be embarrassed by their ignorance or ashamed of their mendacity.
Pushing for a ban on scary-looking guns appeals to the same mental vacuum as the illogical fear of spiders and clowns. It is superstition without substance and the negative consequences far outweigh any supposed benefit.
Gun control is an absolutely terrible idea for many reasons, not least of which is that it distracts us from dealing with the real basis for crime--demographics and a debased moral climate. John Adams wrote: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."
Gun owners, Constitutionalists and Christians are the good guys; I fervently pray for more of each.
John Randall
Bowling Green

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