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Don't infringe on Second Amendment rights

By Theresa Garcia | Dec 28, 2012

For those of you who believe in taking away our Second Amendment rights, please put a sign in your yard stating Gun Free Zone. No? Why not? Afraid of the bad guys? Yup, so are we. Guns don't kill people; people kill people.

A refresher to the Second Amendment to our Constitution: "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

As one of our founding fathers, George Washington, stated: A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.”

We are at the point in time where this right is about to be taken away from us, piece by piece. Will you stand by and let this happen?

Theresa Garcia
Magnolia

Comments (3)
Posted by: Thomas Adams | Dec 28, 2012 16:05

When the 2nd amendment was adopted, "arms" used by militias referred to muzzle-loaded muskets and pistols, swords, knives, spears, and bows and arrows.  Today's militias arm themselves with full-auto machine guns, grenades and grenade launchers, tear gas, and anti-tank weapons.  To name a few.

 

According to Ms Garcia, George Washington believed that free people should be sufficiently armed to protect themselves from others, including our own government.  And of course, that means that any weapon used by government forces should be available to the general population.

 

The problem is that George Washington said no such thing.  What he did say in his first State of the Union Address was:  "A free people ought not only to be armed but disciplined, to which end a uniform and well-digested plan is requisite."

 

So where did this quote originate?  Well, it's all over the Internet, and so it just has to be true.  It also appears in print.  There it is on p. 219 of Jessi Winchester's 2009 book "America: The Final Chapter".   This book explains how the USA evolved from a republic to a socialist state.

Winchester's first book, published in 1991, is titled "From Bordello to Ballot Box."  Winchester worked in a licensed brothel in Nevada in the early 1990s. She subsequently ran for office twice and lost.

 



Posted by: Barry Wayne Price | Dec 29, 2012 08:25

The country has changed since the time of father Washington, and so has the 'defensive' power of the gun. The only problem we have bearing arms today is the 'offensive' power military strike weapons have. Defense is one thing and is guaranteed through the constitution, however offensive weapon abuse is on the rise and something should be done to curtail their prevalence in an otherwise law abiding society.



Posted by: S Peltz | Jan 05, 2013 10:51

Divining the intent of our founding personalities let alone determining the relevance of their 220+ year old beliefs and opinions to today's society is fertile ground for discussion.  What seems to me to be questionable journalism at best, however, is to simply print letters in Viewpoint that put quotes around an alleged statement by George Washington, one that according to my research has been debunked numerous times by persons far more knowledgeable than I, and I suspect, the letter writer.



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