Limiting right to carry

I believe in the Second Amendment, just as I believe in the First Amendment. Just as a person should not have the right to yell "fire" in a crowded theater, that person should not have the right to carry an AR-15 to a child's ball game.

I've heard it said that the only person who can stop a "bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” In almost every instance of mass killings, the "bad guy" was a "good guy" until he pulled the trigger. Although he did not use a gun, Timothy McVeigh was a "good guy" until he blew up the Federal Building. The Second Amendment does not give a person the right to aim a rifle at a federal agent trying to carry out his sworn duty.

These "carry laws" are getting out of hand. Recently, there have been at least four instances of armed defiance of U.S. laws. It started with armed resistance to federal agents on the Bundy ranch. Then there was the armed challenge to restriction of the use of "four wheelers" on federal land, and later a group carried assault weapons into a fast food restaurant. All of these instances have not only been condoned but encouraged by Right-Wing extremists and the Right-Wing media. The Right-Wing's vile anti-government hate-mongering finally led up to the murder of two police officers by two white supremacist anarchist. Just as the Taliban can't wash its hands of terrorist acts, neither can the extreme Right Wing wash its hands of the terrorist acts of its followers.

I believe that persons should have the right to have weapons in their homes and vehicles, and that they must take responsibility for them. I also believe that there are times and conditions when highly vetted individuals should be allowed to "carry.”

I believe that responsible people everywhere should be against returning to the "Law of the West.” How are you going to feel if you are with your family eating in a fast-food restaurant when a group of anarchists suddenly storm in carrying AR-15s strung on their backs. Even Tombstone, AZ, had anti-gun laws. The Gunfight at the OK Corral occurred when Town Marshal Virgil Earp and his deputies tried to disarm the Ike Clanton Gang.

Dennis Thompson


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