Political Platform

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Gun Rights

The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America states that “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.” This has been the source of much debate, which is typically is re-challenged every time there is a terrible killing spree by a bad guy who used a gun to implement his/her plan. I believe that there is a much larger issue, which should be addressed but doesn’t get the attention of the public. History has shown that when malevolent, evil governship is in control of a country the despot first instituted gun registration and then continued with a steady growth of restrictive laws with the effect to reduce the number of guns in the hands of the public, and eventually the seizure of the weapons, and ultimately forced control of the population by threat of guns, with the citizens not having any guns to thwart the nefarious domination of the absolute control of the political few over the citizenry masses. Yes, I believe in certain, limited restrictions on some type of weapons. Yes, I believe in background checks. Yes, I believe on limited restrictions on who can own a gun -- no felons or mentally unfit persons should be allowed to own or possess a firearm. The U.S. Constitution wisely provides for the rights of private citizens to own a firearm. I believe we should respect the wisdom of our founding fathers. For a very brief moment, I’d like to consider the dueling statistics of gun-related deaths per year versus automobile-related. I’ve seen some, which said that in 12 states the gun-related deaths has exceeded the annual number of auto-related deaths. On the other hand, I've seen statistics that have said that according to the federal government, the number of people annually killed in auto-related deaths is about three times high that the number of people killed by all gun-related deaths. The point is that there is no concerted effort to reduce automobile ownership or band it outright. It is easy to lose sight of the main issues and the sensibilities of the arguments. One thing is for certain; all the people cannot be satisfied with the final outcome, therefore there will be always some element of dissatisfaction. For me, I prefer to consider the issue of guns to be a Constitutional issue and I support the U.S. Constitution and the right of the American citizen to own and bear arms.