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In defense of the Second Amendment

Date published: 5/7/2014

In defense of the Second Amendment

I feel the need to reply to Rob Huffman's April 20 op-ed concerning the Second Amendment ["Where does the bloodthirstiness end?"].

He does not have respect for the rights of gun owners because that respect is generally unearned. I disagree.

I spent 29 years on active duty in the Marine Corps defending our Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic.

I am a master hunter education instructor in Virginia, having taught for 29 years, and I have certified more than 2,500 students, many of whom were youngsters.

I am proud of the fact that our five grandsons and our granddaughter were in my classes and learned firearm safety.

I hunt and fish with our sons and grandchildren and believe that if you hunt with them, then you will not have to hunt for them.

I think I have earned my right to own firearms.

Mr. Huffman states that our Founding Fathers would be appalled by the way the Second Amendment has been twisted and perverted. I disagree; I think they would say, "Gentlemen, we got it right." Just look at four countries--Russia, Germany, China and Cambodia. Combined, they slaughtered tens of millions of their citizens after disarming them.

I ask Mr. Huffman, Who would defend the rights given us by the Third Amendment if the Second Amendment were abolished?

I am a life member of the National Rifle Association and Disabled American Veterans, and I will not stand down when Huffman and his friends come unarmed for my guns; rather I will "stand up" and he will have to take them "from my cold dead hands."

Byron E. "Chub" Madden