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Polls shouldn’t influence Second Amendment rights

It was with great dismay that I heard conservative commentators criticize President Obama for the difference in his reactions to the Boston bombing and the rejection of his “gun control” bill. On April 15 and 16, he correctly strove to remain calm, reassure us of our general security and do what he does best – appear presidential, with little substance. On April 19, he raged over the use of outright lies, misinformation and misleading statements leading up to the Senate’s vote on the gun control bill.

However, try as I might, I have yet to find instances where nationally recognized Second Amendment supporters have been guilty of this. Instead, what I find on a daily basis is the use of those tactics by the most visible supporters of his agenda, including him. His outrage should have been vented at the 54 senators who chose once again to try to infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens like me. The fact that polls say a majority of Americans now favors increased gun control does not make it right. If we went with what the wishes of the majority were at all times, we’d still have racially segregated schools. Would that be the right thing to do?

And here’s a question for all gun control advocates. If I discover a crazed bomber in my back yard, who is presumably armed and may have explosive devices with him, what would be the appropriate number of rounds I should be allowed to have in my gun’s magazine to protect my family? Gov. Andrew Cuomo would say seven, Obama and Sen. Charles Schumer, 10. I think the correct number is however many it takes to dispatch the madman.

Chuck Godfrey

Cheektowaga