Thanks, Gun Owners

Apr 11, 2018

To the Editor:

Gun owners of America, a rousing thank-you is due, especially to those who own AR-15 rifles as they are at the forefront of current anti-gun attacks. There are 15 million AR-15 rifles in America and less than 1000th of one percent have been used in mass killings. One killing is too many, but it is impossible to completely stop determined killers as long as any means exists. Punishing 99.999 percent of legal gun owners is patently ridiculous.

Blaming the NRA or gun manufacturers is even more ludicrous. The reason people own any gun is because they want them; they weren’t prodded, cajoled, or talked into it. Manufacturers could not stay in business without the demand. Individual reasons for gun ownership vary, but the underlying reason is the God-given and constitutionally protected right to protect individual freedom from all comers including a tyrannical government.

Those who cannot get that simple concept are either misinformed, or are in need of masters. Vladimir Putin, and Xi Jinping dictate the lives of over a billion people for the simple fact that they have no guns and thus no power. Chairman Mao famously said, “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.”

Thank God, the founders and American gun owners for putting and keeping political power in the hands of virtuous people. For those of you a little less virtuous, we’ve got your back, too.

James M. Spickard

Little Egg Harbor


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