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April 30, 2013

Not an accident

April 18 was the 238th anniversary of the midnight ride of Paul Revere. This anniversary presents a wonderful opportunity to remember why he was riding and why this is important in our current political climate. We all remember the lesson of his cry, "The British are coming!" What we often don't remember is that the British were coming to disarm the colonists. Sound familiar? It is easy to ignore what is going on in America right now, and it is easy to label as crazy the people who ardently support the Second Amendment. What isn't as easy is to open your eyes and truly analyze whether or not you feel that any item included in the Bill of Rights is up for negotiation.

The Second Amendment is often attacked under the guise of the government trying to "keep us safe." What if that argument was applied to other rights? Should the First Amendment only apply to certain words or phrases as to not cause a public safety issue? Should freedom of the press be suspended when it is for public safety? Should the government be allowed to search and seize your property without a warrant or probable cause in order to keep the rest of the public safe? Should we get rid of trial by jury for any accused person who may be a threat to public safety? If this concept sounds ridiculous when applied to the other nine amendments on the Bill of Rights, why should it not sound ridiculous in regard to the second?

The American people are tiring of every tragedy in the country somehow being turned into a political tool for Obama, and other power hungry politicians, to disarm the public. "We the people" are the ones who give the government power, not the other way around. The founding fathers made sure that the people will always have the power, and the weapons, to remove a tyrannical government if it becomes necessary. The Second Amendment was not an accident, nor is it up for interpretation.

"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." -- Benjamin Franklin

Ashley Ross, Sunbury

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