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Defending the 1st With the 2nd

From: "Ken Ross" <Ken.Ross@rcn.com>
Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2001 10:31:45 -0500
To: <eletters@starledger.com>
Cc: <letters@keepandbeararms.com>
Subject: NRA

Hello,

I'm writing in response to Mr. McLaughlin's article: http://www.nj.com/columns/mclaughlin/index.ssf?/columns/mclaughlin/1535cd0.html

First, I'd like to commend Mr. McLaughlin for his wonderfully childish commentary. It's based with nothing but personal bias and sarcasm towards the folks over at the NRA. By the way, I am a member in good standing and I find it insulting to be described as a homicidal maniac that shoots children. I've been a responsible firearms owner for 3 years now and not once has my pistol taken over my mind and caused me to shoot someone in cold blood. Go figure.

Now while I am put off by the ridiculous bans in NJ, I am not deterred. I moved out of NJ over 2 years ago and it was the best move I ever made.

Now let me show you something funny. Your comment "...only purpose is to make it easier for homicidal maniacs to shoot children and other people in clumps. Good, get-the-blood-up stuff." So by that logic, Senator Charles Schumer is a homicidal maniac? http://www.keepandbeararms.com/newsarchives/XcNewsPlus.asp?cmd=view&articleid=1161

See? They are fun to shoot. While I disagree with most if not all of Mr. Schumer's politics (he believes elitists such as himself should have firearms while the honest citizen is not worthy), this picture proves a point. It's not the gun that makes you homicidal, it's the person. Unless you believe that Mr. Schumer is actually shooting someone here with a smile on his face and then his bodyguards just dumped the body somewhere....

While all the sheeple get in line and let government take over our lives, persons like myself, the NRA, KeepAndBearArms.com, The Second Amendment Foundation, Gun Owners of America, etc... and so on are working to keep our rights out of the hands of the government. Since persons like yourself are so eager to hand them over, I have to work harder. When the government comes over and takes away your 1st Amendment rights, don't come crying to me. I did everything I could. The problem is that we are talking about the Bill of Rights. In there are lots of things, including the right to free speech and the right to keep and bear arms. I'm working to keep all of those in tact while you seem fit to exercise your 1st Amendment to attack my 2nd Amendment. Once one right is dissolved, the others will fall.

Please take your anti-self-defense agenda and revisit it. Firearms save many more lives than you could possibly imagine every day. Don't believe me? Well since the media is generally anti-self-defense, it's hard to find stories relating to the good guys winning, but OpSD is working on weeding out the good guys: https://www.keepandbeararms.com/opsd/default.asp Check out the good things that good people are doing with the 'evil' guns as you so think they are.

Regards,

Ken Ross
Molon Labe


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