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Published: Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Second Amendment

Restrictions put all rights at risk

In the wake of a series of tragic shootings by mentally unstable individuals, guns are once again a topic of controversy. The threat of new restrictions has left shelves at gun stores around the nation bare. But rather than re-evaluate the mental health system in this country or revise a penal system that releases violent criminals to commit repeat offenses, our politicians have jumped on a new opportunity to restrict guns.
Destroying the Second Amendment in the name of safety removes the most important roadblock to tyranny. All other rights can then be revised or revoked without fear of resistance. The Second Amendment is the binding thread in the quilted patchwork of freedom. Remove that important fiber and all that we value in our free society falls apart -- perhaps not immediately, but certainly over the long-term.
You may not care that my right to keep and bear arms is challenged today, but losing it will lead to the sanction of all other rights in the Constitution as our society "evolves" beyond the antiquated ideals of our founders and into a post-constitutional society where the whims of the day are the law of the land. Human nature has not changed in thousands of years. Societies remain a mixture of good and evil elements -- the majority sane and a minority insane. Do not think of our rights, therefore, as transient privileges with a short shelf life. Do not legislate against the overwhelming majority of sane, responsible citizens for the crimes of insane killers.
As a citizen, do not sit idle as our freedom is challenged in ignorance. The most recent shooting in Connecticut is a horrible tragedy, but the freedoms and safeguards set forth in the Constitution must not fall victim to the blinding prejudice of our national grief. Contact your representatives and tell them that passing new restrictive gun laws is not the answer. Urge your friends and family to do the same. A great deal depends on your involvement.
Daniel Donnelly
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