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Can gun con­trol pre­vent ter­ror­ism? Home­land Se­cu­rity Sec­re­tary Jeh John­son be­lieves it can, re­cently ad­vis­ing CBS News, “We have to face the fact that mean­ing­ful gun con­trol has to be a part of home­land se­cu­rity.” Not so, says the Sec­ond Amend­ment Foun­da­tion. “The threat we face today from ter­ror­ism is ex­actly why the Found­ing Fa­thers wrote the Sec­ond Amend­ment. Ev­ery Amer­i­can has the right to self-de­fense, and for Jeh John­son to con­tend that in­fring­ing on that right is the way to keep the coun­try safe is sim­ply pre­pos­ter­ous,” coun­ters Alan M. Got­tlieb, founder of the gun rights or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“We need to max­i­mize the abil­ity of law-abid­ing cit­i­zens to ex­er­cise their right to bear arms. Noth­ing de­ters ter­ror­ists as well as good peo­ple fight­ing back,” Mr. Got­tlieb con­tin­ues. “No­body wants ter­ror­ists or even com­mon street crim­i­nals to have guns. But laws that pe­nal­ize hon­est Amer­i­cans, and that ban cer­tain types of firearms, will not pre­vent bad peo­ple from com­mit­ting may­hem. The con­ver­sa­tion should not be about firearms, but fa­nat­ics.”

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