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Letter: Citizens have right to their guns

On Jan. 21, while pumping out the usual gun control talking points, columnist Bill Kennedy makes an outright false statement which makes one question the validity of his knowledge on the subject.

He says that a retail store needs to have a background check and a waiting period before the sale can be completed, but the same retailer may sell a similar firearm at a gun show with no background check or waiting period. This shows that the writer has never attended a gun show.

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Gun dealers selling at gun shows are bound by the same laws that bind them in their retail shops. The prospective rifle buyer must wait until a call is made, from the show, to the FBI, for approval. The prospective pistol buyer fills out an application and has to wait seven days for a State Police background check, then pick up the gun at the retail shop.

Regarding his statement that the National Guard is the militia. I ask, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effective way to enslave them. This was said by George Mason, the co-author of the Second Amendment, in 1788. Notice that hunting deer is never mentioned.

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When General Yamamoto was told to invade the U.S. mainland by the Emperor of Japan, he refused, saying that there is a gun behind every blade of grass.

The columnist trusts the federal government to do the right thing, and to control all firearms in the hands of law-abiding citizens. This is the same federal government that ordered gun dealers in the Southwest to sell thousands of assault weapons to known law-breakers to give to killers in Mexico.

Every government that has compelled universal registration has eventually seized all guns from their citizens. Most recently it was Australia, under the expectation that crime would go down. Instead, it went up. Other countries who seized all guns after registration were Russia, in 1929, Turkey in 1911, Germany in 1938.

In the 1980s I visited Switzerland, which is known to be the safest country on earth. Every able-bodied male is compelled to join the military, serve in the reserves until age 60, and take his fully-automatic, fully loaded, weapon home, rather than in an armory, to assure instant accessibility.

Larry Helminiak

Eldersburg

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