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History & guns

| Friday, Feb. 1, 2013, 9:06 p.m.

History & guns

Our Founders knew that men left to their own devices can wreak havoc on one another, often under the guise of government policies. This is why our Founders provided the American people with the Second Amendment in order that we never become oppressed, enslaved or harmed by a tyrannical government.

Some Americans today seem to think that the Second Amendment is an outdated idea or concept. I beg these people to read a history book regarding Hitler's Nazi regime, Stalin's forced collectivization and Mao's “socialism.” May I remind you that untold millions of unarmed German, Soviet and Chinese citizens never got to learn from their mistakes because they were silenced for eternity, their silence deafening, their trust betrayed by men and governments that had such great “ideas” that they incorporated and instilled through government policies or “revolutions.”

Unfortunately, history teaches us that unarmed resistance to tyranny is futile, leading only to an early grave for those who oppose the injustices imposed on them.

The Second Amendment is what makes America different from these evil regimes. Its creation discourages and cautions our government against ever carrying out atrocities against its own citizenry.

Jeff Paroli

West View

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