The Second Amendment

By Richard Seiling / Guest CommentaryJanuary 10, 2013 

I'd like to contrast Alan Cheah's idea that people should only have firearms capable of holding six rounds or less (Sierra Star, Jan. 3), with last week's home defense case in Loganville, Ga.

An intruder broke into a home occupied by a mother and her 9-year-old twins. She hid with the twins in a crawlspace, but was eventually found by the intruder. Thank God she had a gun. She fired six shots from her revolver. Five of those struck the attacker, who, despite being shot five times, was able to flee the scene before he crashed his car. He is expected to survive. The mother and her twins are safe.

Having six shots did not guarantee this outcome for this mother and her children. Had she missed, or had there been more than one attacker, things might have had a tragic ending for her and her two children. I'm sure many of of us would rather have a weapon with 20 or 30 rounds if we were in a similar situation. I know I would.

Cases like this mother's are all all to common. Studies show that firearms are used more than two million times each year for personal protection. How many more innocent people would be killed by criminals without the ability to protect themselves?

Crime doesn't magically disappear when guns are banned. In fact, it increases. Despite Cheah's latest attempt to twist the statistics, statistics from the State of California show that in the last decade, firearms sales per year have almost doubled, yet firearms-related deaths have dropped 11%. More guns equals less crime. But don't take my word for it -- do the research yourself by reading John Lott's book "More Guns, Less Crime" where our own government's statistics prove it.

Don't be fooled by those like Cheah, who would deny our God-given rights, including that to self defense. The history of gun control is one of incremental erosion of freedoms. This time he'd "settle" for a "reasonable" restriction of six rounds or less. But he and his freedom-denying kind will be back. Next time, your scoped deer rifle will be reclassified as a sniper rifle because it is capable of making hits from over 800 yards with more power than an AR-15. They will never stop until they have removed one of the most basic civil rights.

The purpose of the Second Amendment was to clearly define limitations on the government, by stating a self evident and inalienable right, which exists outside and above any document made by men.

This is obvious to anyone who has read what the founding fathers wrote of the right to keep and bear arms. The patriots who founded this country believed that to give up this right to England, who was actively seeking to disarm them, was to become a slave. I'll take their word for it over Alan Cheah's any day.

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