I am a firm believer that the Constitution was designed to allow we the people to defend ourselves, both from invading enemies and tyrannical government. The Second Amendment was written to allow we the people to protect our home and ourselves and families from those who endanger us.
I will not say whether I have a gun or guns. I would just like a home invader to worry about whether I am armed. I do believe people have the right to defend themselves. There are those who would like to disarm the people and they have been trying to for decades. Some think that a plea with a smile on his face would deter a criminal. We used to say, when guns are illegal, only crooks would have guns. We hear how guns kill. Well, someone has to pull the trigger. While the number of deaths by those shot is appalling, consider the number of deaths caused by drunk drivers or car deaths where drinking is not involved.
There are, of course, those who wish the creation of a totalitarian state. An armed population is difficult to control. Obama in his early campaign when he was looking for money from the rich "liberals," said he wanted a civilian group as well armed and financed as our military. Sounds like he wanted a S.S.? Red Guard? Black shirts? Brown shirts? Where real gun control is needed is the gun running conducted by our present administration.
-- William D Hansen, Othello