2004-09-17 / Editorial/Opinion

Bowing To Gun Lobby Could Cost Rockaway Lives

President George Bush says that every home should include a gun. A spokesperson for the National Rifle Association (NRA), the largest gun lobby in the world, says that there is little difference between assault rifles and other guns in the home. “The assault weapon ban had no impact on crime,” that spokesperson said. “It only penalized law-abiding gun owners who wanted assault weapons for target shooting, collecting and, most importantly, for self-defense.” The NRA constantly points to the Second Amendment to the Constitution as the reason citizen’s have the right to own and use any gun they want. That amendment, however, says, “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” That was written in 1787, with the Revolutionary War just past and with no central government to protect the hard-won fruits of that war. Anybody who studies our Founding Fathers and the writing of the Constitution understands that the development of police forces and the military have negated the need for a “well regulated militia,” and that assault rifles and pistols are the weapon of choice not of the common man protecting his rights, but of the gangbanger and drug lord protecting their turfs. There are already too many guns in Rockaway in the hands of those who would use them for any perceived slight on the general population. That those guns might soon become assault weapons, capable of firing hundreds of rounds in short order, is frightening. We urge our politicians to develop some backbone and to take on the NRA and the president’s minions and quickly renew the ban on assault weapons.

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