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A free society is an armed society

The politicians want to take away our guns again ("Battle lines form in gun debate," Dec. 19). But they don't realize why we were given the right to bear arms from the get go. It all goes back to that time in 1776 when we revolted against tyranny by the king of a foreign land.

Sure, we have guns to hunt with, to protect ourselves, our families and our property, and also for leisure. But that's not why the Constitution grants us this right.

The right to bear arms and form militia is for one main reason: That if and when the politicians decide to trample and burn the Constitution and form their own dictatorship, we have the right to take back our government by force.

The reasons we have guns is so we never are held hostage again by foreign governments or dictators. Any law prohibiting access to fire arms is unconstitutional. A free society is an armed society.

Somebody needs to tell Gov. Martin O'Malley and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg that the only places where gun violence is happening is where guns are denied. Mr. O'Malley should know this first hand as a result of his failures as mayor of Baltimore and the high murder rate in a city where no one is allowed to carry.

Joe Collins Jr., Baltimore

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