Letter: Gun control will leave Americans helpless against murderous dictators

February 25, 2013 

Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School murders, one question seems to pop up continually: Why would anyone need to have a 30-round magazine? I would like to try to answer that question that seems to plague the media and talking heads.

First, you have to be acquainted with world history.

Germany established gun control in 1938, and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 20.9 million Jews and others, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

China established gun control in 1935. From 1949 to 1987, 76.7 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated, and in the USSR from 1917-1987, 61.9 million more.

Our government is responsible for arming Mexican drug lords through the Fast and Furious operation. We have ultimately armed many countries that we now consider terrorist states. We've been training foreign troops in this country for many years for house-to-house gun seizures.

As long as we are armed to the teeth, the chances of our government doing to us what others have done to their people is slim. The entire Constitution hinges on the Second Amendment. Without it, we will become another statistic in a long line of murderous dictators.

LAURA TRIMM, Pasco

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