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Why our gun rights matter

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Guns are a big part of the news these days.  I’m sure we can all understand why.  Sandy Hook was a real tragedy, and the fact that the victims were so young only compounds that fact.  It’s easy to want to make sure that things like that never happen again, but there’s a right way and a wrong way to do it.  Taking away a basic right like the right to keep and bear arms is most definitely the wrong way.

Folks, I know I’m not the first to write this, but our Second Amendment rights have nothing to do with hunting.  I want to address this now, because it lays the foundation for what is about to be said.  The right of the people to keep and bear arms was codified as vital not because people have a right to hunt, but because people need to be able to fend off attack.  Yes, it stems from a time when the militia was a vital part of our national defense strategy, but that doesn’t negate why it was put there.

The idea that there are hundreds of millions of guns in civilian hands still serves a part of our national defense.  Every would be invader must contend not just with the United States Armed Forces, easily one of the most formidable forces in the history of man, but also hundreds of millions of guns in private hands that stand ready to defend this nation.  Folks, let’s be clear here.  AR-15s and AK-47s are easily better for this than Dad’s old deer rifle.

Gun rights advocates cry that the Second Amendment was about protecting ourselves from a tyrannical government, but I’m saying it’s about defending the nation from attackers.  Who is right?  Well, we both are.  You see, tyrannical governments can be invaders as well, and I’m not contesting that it is also for defending ourselves from our own government running roughshod over the citizens.

Opponents like to laugh about gun rights advocates trying to take on the United States military and law enforcement with some semi-automatic weapons.  It’s not an even match, they argue.  What do they care?  What matters is that knowing there are armed citizens ready to take a totalitarian government to the mat isn’t just a deterrent to foreign tyrants, but to would-be domestic ones as well.

Folks, if we want to prevent a Sandy Hook from happening again, then we need to take a look at what really caused it.  Removing the tools would, at best, force the next Adam Lanza to find a new weapon to use.  That could be a knife, but it could also be a bomb.  We just don’t know.  In the meantime, you have punished millions of Americans who have done nothing wrong.  To make matter worse, you may have just made the next attack an even greater atrocity.

So, why not quit arguing about the tools and start trying to figure out the cause?

Tom Knighton is the Editor and Publisher of the Albany Journal.

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Tom Knighton is the publisher of The Albany Journal. In November, 2011, he became the first blogger to take over a newspaper anywhere in the world. In August of 2012, he made the difficult decision to take the Journal out of print circulation and become an online news agency, a first for the Albany area.

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