Strength of America is right to be armed

info@islandpacket.comFebruary 17, 2014 

It appears as though those who disagree with the consensus understanding of the Second Amendment are once again starting their attempt to force their own interpretation of it on the rest of us, based on a recent letter.

Two similar quotes from the father of our Constitution and the Bill of Rights might be in order.

Per James Madison, our fourth president, "Americans have the right and advantage of being armed -- unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms" or, "The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."

Those of us who believe in the sanctity of the Second Amendment believe the above gentleman and his peers fully intended that all American citizens should always be allowed the freedom to arm themselves.

Today's liberals want that freedom taken away, or so restrained to be useless. As Benjamin Franklin famously said, "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Mike Lewis

Harbor Island

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