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Jefferson, Gandhi saw importance of guns


Date published: 4/29/2013

Jefferson, Gandhi saw importance of guns

I disagree with the April 21 editorial "NRA vs. USA." The NRA has only a small voice (1.5 percent of Americans). However, it is protecting our Second Amendment rights. How is it that our Founding Fathers placed this amendment into the Constitution?

Mohandas Gandhi stated: "Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the act of depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest."

During the American Civil War, one thing stood out: states' rights. I believe the state should ensure that weapons are registered and background checks performed, but not by the federal government. It would be too easy for Homeland Security or the ATF blackshirts to march into your home and confiscate as they chose, as they did during Katrina.

I joined the NRA to protect what our Founding Fathers set for the people. Let's first acknowledge there are millions of law-abiding citizens with guns. I have attended many gun shows from Dulles Expo to Fredericksburg and know that to buy a gun, a police check is performed. State and federal forms are filled out.

Thomas Jefferson wrote: "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed one."

He was a great Virginian, a politician, and Founding Father of democracy for this country.

James K. Webster

Spotsylvania