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Opinion

January 23, 2013

The right to bear firearms

NORMAN — Editor, The Transcript:

The Sandy Hook school massacre was horrific and painful. Tragedy of this magnitude should cause deep reflection and even more accountability to gun ownership. Owning a gun may be a right, but that right — as other rights and freedoms we hold dear — comes with grave responsibility.

The Second Amendment is simple and to the point: An individual has a right to possess and carry a firearm (District of Columbia v. Heller). This “right” is on the same par and importance as an individual’s “right” under the First Amendment Freedom of Speech. We cannot pick and choose what rights we like best or what favors our political view or even if a perceived abuse has taken place. All of us understand the right to Freedom of Speech. Even though we sometimes disagree with how people utilize this right we understand how critical Freedom of Speech is to limiting the potential abuse or tyranny of Government.

The Second Amendment is not just written to give individuals the fire-power to protect against harm or to give a person the fire-power to go hunting, but this Amendment gives people the fire-power to protect themselves against a potential abusive/tyrannical government. Sadly, today, the emotional driven question that is given more weight is “Why would anyone need a clip that holds more than 10 rounds?” or “Why do you need an assault weapon for hunting?” This emotional driven question overshadows the real issue.

The real issue is what does the Second Amendment protect?

To the Framers of the Constitution, the Right to Bear Arms was just as crucial as the Right to Freedom of Speech.

Bruce Kessler

Norman

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