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Right to bear arms isn’t about hunting

“The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” The Founding Fathers so understood the importance of these words that they listed it second on the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution. Second, right behind “freedom of speech.” The Second Amendment is not the freedom to hunt and target shoot, but your constitutional right to self-defense along with protection against a tyrannical government. If you believe that “a tyrannical government” is a fantasy, recent history proves you wrong. A young corporal in the German army by the name of Adolf Hitler was able to accomplish just that. Gun confiscation, followed by every other freedom, was his objective, and the rest is history.

“Assault weapons” – a term carelessly used to describe semiautomatic weapons just because they look menacing – are not assault weapons. Assault weapons (which are fully automatic) have been banned since the days of Al Capone.

Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora and Sandy Hook all had one common denominator – the victims were defenseless. Of the more than 76,000 firearm purchases denied by the federal instant check system that exists today, only 44 were actually prosecuted. The laws already exist – enforce them.

There are currently 300 million guns in circulation in the United States. Criminals, by definition, do not obey laws. Unless I can be guaranteed that all of those guns are off the streets, or at least the illegal weapons, I will not give up my constitutional right to protect myself, my family and my property.

Christopher F. Misztal

Boston