Second Amendment should not protect assault weapons

2013-02-03T00:00:00Z Second Amendment should not protect assault weapons nwitimes.com
February 03, 2013 12:00 am

The Second Amendment needs to be redefined. We can't defend ourselves from the federal government with guns, nor can we defend ourselves from an invading army. That is the job of the federal government.

Citizens have the right to defend themselves from other citizens, and hunters have the right to hunt with guns. But assault weapons belong with the military -- not private citizens. We don't need assault weapons any more than we need to be able to buy hand grenades at the grocery store. What is the difference? Both are used to kill.

Where is our common sense? Recently, it was proposed college students carry guns at school and that it be legal to carry switchblades.

As we prepare to kill one another, remember what Jesus said, "Those who kill by the sword die by the sword"! How many have killed with a gun only to die by one.

- Richard Dykstra, Valparaiso

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