The Second Amendment is in the Bill of Rights for a reason ... Its purpose is simple: to provide the people with the means to resist tyranny, in whatever form it might take.
Reading Nancy Curnutt’s letter to the editor titled “Time for some reasonable gun laws” in the April 19 edition of the Brighton Pittsford Post, I found it ironic and somewhat sad that on the very date that our Forefathers, one of whom I am proud to be a direct descendant of, fought the battles of Lexington and Concord which were a direct result of the British coming to seize guns and ammunition stockpiled by the colonists, the paper chose to run a letter advocating more gun control.
Ms. Curncutt referenced an “epidemic” of gun violence in America, yet this, as with much of her letter, is not borne out by the facts. Violent crime is dropping in the United States, as it has been for a number of years. Her figure of 31 homicides in Rochester since November 2011 is also inaccurate. Regarding the statistic claiming that 6,000 children are killed by guns each year, one must also keep in mind that “children” are defined as aged up to 19. This figure includes primarily gang members and felons.
The truth of the matter is this, each year in the United States, private citizens kill three times as many violent felons in the act of committing a crime as the police do. This does not take into account the estimated 1 million or more times each year American citizens prevent a crime merely by displaying a gun. With regard to the idea that assault rifles were never part of the Founding Fathers’ ideology, neither were television, radio or the Internet, yet their existence and free use by the people have quite rightly been vigorously defended by advocates of the First Amendment. The Second Amendment is in the Bill of Rights for a reason, inconvenient as it may be to people like Ms. Curncutt. Its purpose is simple: to provide the people with the means to resist tyranny, in whatever form it might take.
Ben Franklin once said “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” Ms. Curncutt and those who share her views would be wise to heed these words.