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How Committed are YOU??

by Robert H. Anderson Jr.

Originally published on this website July 30, 2000

In a message dated 7/30/00 10:23:10 PM Pacific Daylight Time, RHA42A writes to the Editor of The Seattle Post-Intelligencer:

To Whom It May Concern,

Lauren Grote (Letters 7-29-00) believes, as many people do, that licensing and registration will save lives. She couldn't be more wrong. Criminals won't get licenses and won't register their firearms either. According to the Supreme Court, they won't have to; the court has ruled that it would violate their 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination.

Assuming that every gun owner complied with such requirements one can only imagine a decline in accidental gun injuries, due to the increase in firearm education. Such a decline would be welcome, but could be achieved through greater education efforts, without the implementation of licensing and registration. The corresponding increase in the murder rate, of unarmed citizens by armed criminals, would more than make up for the decrease in accidents. Besides, the majority of gun owners won't comply with any licensing or registration plan. I won't, and neither will anyone I know. Not because it would be a hassle. Not because we don't want to lose a nifty hobby, or a time honored tradition.

We won't register or license our rights away because we cherish our Liberty, our Constitution and our Republic. History has shown that licensing and registration always lead to confiscation -- which is followed by tyranny, repression and genocide. Remember Hitler, Stalin, etc.? It's because we know licensing/registration/confiscation will cost lives because they invite abuse and tyranny, leave us defenseless against violent criminals, and will very likely ignite a Civil War. Think it can't happen? Think again. Remember Lexington and Concord? Independence had been growing in popularity for years, but it was the attempted confiscation of firearms that led to the shot heard 'round the world. The parallels with our current situation are staggering. So, if you oppose the 2nd Amendment (It escapes me how anyone with the slightest knowledge of history could.) ask yourself this question: Am I willing to die for this? Your opponents have already pledged their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor.


Robert H. Anderson Jr.

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