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September 24, 2013
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Second Amendment response

Editor: In the Sept. 18 of the LVN, Glen McAdoo continues his ad hominine attack on those defending our 2nd Amendment rights. According to “The Second Amendment ... protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms from infringement. It was adopted on Dec. 15, 1791 the Second Amendment was based partially on the right to keep and bear arms in the English Common-Law and was influenced by the English Bill of Right of 1689. This right was described as an auxiliary right, supporting the natural rights of self-defense, resistance to oppression, and the civic duty to act in concert in defense of the state.”

McAdoo states that those supporting the Second Amendment do so in opposition to the results of the last election? No one I know asserts that, nor do they support anarchy or violent solutions. What they do support is our “inalienable rights” as granted in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, nothing more, nothing less. In the recent landmark Supreme Court case, D.C. vs. Heller, the court stated that all citizens are militia, the Second Amendment is an individual right, like other protected rights in the Bill of Rights, and is independent of membership in any organized group or military unit.

History if full of examples of the failure of gun control laws. The KKK advocated gun control to keep guns from “Negroes” so they couldn’t revolt. Nazi Germany advocated gun control to restrain the Jews. We all know how that ended. The U.S. cities with the highest murder rates are those with the most stringent gun laws.

The recent deadly attacks in the U.S. were done by the mentally ill, or radical religious fanatics. The D.C. Navy Yard shooter immersed himself in violent video games. Let’s identify problem individuals, not infringe on the rights of all.

Doug Hill

Churchill County resident

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The Nevada Appeal Updated Sep 24, 2013 07:15PM Published Sep 24, 2013 07:15PM Copyright 2013 The Nevada Appeal. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.