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How many must die before country acts?

The Second Amendment has claimed another 26 victims, and counting. When will the U.S. public wake up and face the fact that it may not be guns pulling the trigger, but assault weapons sure do make it easier to massacre people? How many more innocent people must pay the price for the preservation of the sacred right to bear arms?

A well-regulated militia was a product of the days when our nation had no organized military to speak of, no police force or army to protect us from domestic or foreign threat. Prior to the War of 1812, the Republican political party believed that the state militias could protect the country from any threat of foreign invasion. However, when faced with a professional military force – in other words, the British army as in the invasion of Washington, D.C., in the summer of 1814 – the militia broke and ran.

The only times militia have held against an opposing force is when well dug in, as in the Battles of Bunker Hill or New Orleans. Nonetheless, there are many who cling to this myth that privately held weapons will somehow protect us against some undefined threat. What a horrific mixture of myth and delusion. The only harvest we reap is mass murders, from Columbine to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. And now, we have Connecticut. We must thank the National Rifle Association for making this moment possible.

Todd Mitchell

Buffalo