[OPINION] Guns And Freedom

Those who oppose the attempted restrictions of the rights named in the Second Amendment are quite correct. The historical example shows how people living in republics were free to keep and bear arms, unlike the serfs and peasants in a country ruled by an aristocracy. Philosophers from Aristotle to Machiavelli to the Founding Fathers (the Bill of Rights) all said that armed citizens are necessary for a free society.

The 1968 Gun Control Act restricted owning firearms. The number of firearm deaths then was around 7,000 per year. This number escalated to the current count of 20,000 to 30,000. Gun Prohibition led to more firearm deaths, and then higher taxes and lower wages. Newspaper reports say wages were “stagnant” since 1969. Taxes went up by the trick of keeping the standard income deduction lower while the inflation (caused by the Federal Reserve) increased the number of dollars received in income. Gun Prohibitionists are acting against the American people.

The 1968 Gun Control Act was snuck through Congress in October 1968. Months later I read an article that analyzed this law. It said sections and paragraphs were copied from the 1934 Gun Control Law of Germany. This did not create peace and prosperity for that country or its neighbors. Does the current Gun Control law in Chicago and Illinois bring peace and prosperity to those areas? Maybe that law should be declared unconstitutional by a Federal Court.

Decades ago I read about an experiment with laboratory rats. These test animals were given less food and water, overcrowded, then subjected to random loud noises and electric shocks. The result was to make them aggressive and fight among themselves. Do higher taxes, lower wages, and the shows on TV have a bad effect on people today? Is there a cure? Do economic bad times create “mental illness” among people today? Does crime increase in a recession or depression? If the answer is “yes” to these questions what should be done? The facts are there for anyone who wants to find them.

Ronald A. Sobieraj
Perth Amboy

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