Your newspaper's "My View" recently advocated increased firearms restrictions.
I, an (Eastern Arizona College) criminal law instructor, therefore submit the following viewpoint:
Why does the United States even have or need the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as part of our Bill of Rights? After all, most "civilized nations" of the world have long since done away with the right of the people to keep and bear arms -- countries such as Germany, Russia, China, etc.
The Framers of the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights saw that the only check against tyranny was the personal right of its citizens to keep and bear arms. They believed that when the whole body of the people is armed, it constitutes a force superior to any regular army of troops.
Thomas Jefferson stated that "the people have not only the right, but the duty to be at all times armed, since this is the bulwark against an aggressive government."
The other guarantees of the Bill of Rights, such as freedom of religion, assembly, and speech are not now under attack by the media and politicians, as they once were.
The American people will not long suffer such foolishness, (but) most Americans don't understand why we also need the right to keep and bear arms to remain a free people.
After all, today's political disputes can now be settled at the ballot box, right? By a majority vote. So what that someone like Hitler was elected by a vote of over 90 percent of the voters in Germany. It couldn't happen here. Our voters would never be so foolish as to elect a corrupt leader ...
So, let us just get rid of that old pesky Second Amendment as advocated by many of our current office holders. And then we can all sleep sounder at night, knowing that the people have been disarmed, and that Big Brother will take care of us, unless, of course, you happen to be one of those people who just cannot seem to "get with the program." They, of course, would need to be dealt with accordingly.
Bob Wilson, Payson