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Web letters: 2nd Amendment all about halting tyranny

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” – U.S. Constitution, Amendment II

Nothing in this “right to keep and bear Arms” relates to hunting or self-protection. The sole purpose of the Second Amendment is to arm citizens to defend freedom by resisting government tyranny.

Those who take an oath to uphold and defend our Constitution, such as our U.S. senators, may have had the Second Amendment in mind when they voted against the flurry of gun control bills thrown at them by senators who do not believe in the Constitution, regardless of their oath. Their rejection of bills that infringed on the right to keep and bear arms may not have had anything to do with the NRA, except that the NRA was there to remind them of their oath.

Does anyone know why the British were marching to Concord the night of Paul Revere’s ride and why it was important for the colonists to get there first? It had something to do with hiding guns from a tyrannical government. When was the last time high school students had to read “Evangeline” and what Longfellow had to say about gun control?

TERRY L. SMITH Columbia City