Letter: What type of weapons will keep us safe?

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Along with my

local paper today, a four-page spread pictures dozens of guns, ammunition, and outdoor gear. This ad warns of a short supply and forecasts crippling of gun stores and urges us to be angry at our government that is to blame. Alongside sketches of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and probably John Adams, we are told "Our Founding Fathers Want You to support our 2nd Amendment Rights! Now is the time to Join the NRA today! Sign up at any of our three locations to receive a FREE 2nd Amendment floor mat!"

The Second Amendment states: "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." Although scholars differ about what was its original motivation, there is agreement on two interpretations: One, a people with guns guard against government tyranny, and two, guns protect you from those who would steal and do harm. They're logical. It follows that a bad, heavily-armed government has little to fear from hand guns. To keep government fearful, therefore, citizens should possess automatic weapons. To keep bad guys from harming us, we should have weapons equal to what they have.

Doesn't it also follow that teachers in the classroom and bus drivers should pack weapons? And shouldn't our young people be trained in use of guns just as they are given driver training? Is there not wisdom for our young to be trained to use and carry weapons? That should stop crazed shooters from mass killing unarmed students and teachers.

However well-motivated, registering buyers of guns and outlawing purchase of automatic weapons won't make us safe. The National Rifle Association buying Congress and those stockpiling guns and magazines with hundreds of rounds will.

William I. Gorden, Hudson

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