Unarmed People Can Find Selves Defenseless

Editor, News-Register

I am writing in regard to a March 25 letter advocating for a recall of “assault weapons.” The writer refers to the AR-15 specifically as an automatic weapon; it is not. The AR-15 has been around since the 1950s so I’m unsure why it is such a problem now. Look on the internet under “history of the AR-15” and you’ll find AR stands for ArmaLite Rifle. There are millions of these in use and only in 2007 was one used in a mass killing, over a half century since its inception.

On average, there are nine children killed daily texting while driving. Should we recall the cell phone? The automobile?

But a little history will tell why I am vehemently opposed to taking away Americans’ arms that they bought legally and use cautiously, all under Second Amendment protection.

In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915-1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, 20 million citizens, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

In 1938, Germany established gun control. From 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

China, Guatemala, Uganda, Cambodia all established gun control and exterminated millions. In the 20th century, 56 million defenseless people in all were exterminated. Keep these facts in mind when you wish for America to experience similar outcomes. And please don’t think it can’t happen here. History shows no one is immune.

I will close with a quote: “A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their government.” — George Washington.

James Wright

Wheeling

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