Sec­ond Amend­ment didn’t mean hunt­ing

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - OPINION -

Once again, I will at­tempt to ed­u­cate the un­e­d­u­cated about “as­sault ri­fles” and our Sec­ond Amend­ment. In the Nov. 12 Times Free Press, a let­ter writer said, “It ain’t for hunt­ing, folks.” Nei­ther is the Sec­ond Amend­ment! Never has been. Never will be.

Our Found­ing Fa­thers did not write the Sec­ond Amend­ment to pro­tect hunters’ rights! It was writ­ten to pro­tect cit­i­zens against the pos­si­bil­ity of a tyran­ni­cal gov­ern­ment. My God-given right to self-de­fense al­lows me to own any firearm I deem nec­es­sary for pro­tec­tion.

I’m a bene­fac­tor life mem­ber of the NRA, and Wayne LaPierre, our ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent, ex­plains it this way: “The elites al­ways pro­tect them­selves and they al­ways pro­tect them­selves with guns. And then they lec­ture the Amer­i­can pub­lic how you shouldn’t do that … what the NRA is fight­ing for is rec­i­proc­ity, to en­force the ex­ist­ing fed­eral gun laws and to pro­tect Amer­i­cans’ right to pro­tect them­selves.”

I say, if a bad guy has a 30-round mag­a­zine, so will I. And Je­sus said, “He who has no sword, let him sell his gar­ment and buy one” (Luke 22:36). Je­sus cer­tainly wasn’t talk­ing about slic­ing toma­toes. It’s about self-de­fense, folks!

Ben Burke Athens, Tenn.

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