This is in response to Mr. Lowe's letter. First I would like to point out that Sen. Dianne Feinstein wants to ban all guns. In response to Mr. Lowe's question: What has government done, said, threatened, or inferred that would lead one to believe government wants all our weapons?
The so-called assault rifles and/or large magazines, handguns included, do serve other purposes. Hunting, sport shooting not to mention self-defense. Maybe self-defense is not one use if you are sure that only one bad guy will break in to your home. And that you are equally confident that you can stop them with one bullet.
If politicians requested, under threat of stiff fines, that we all turn our weapons in then we could just vote them all out of office. Would this be after they have taken our gun? By the tone of Mr. Lowe's letter I would assume he would not vote them out.
Mr. Lowe contradicts himself by stating first that the military being sent back into neighborhoods they grew up in and threatening average folks with their live if they fail to comply. He thinks the average soldier would find this very distasteful. Then stating a tank at the curb and you have 60 seconds to deposit all weapons at the curb or one shot blows your home away. Apparently even if distasteful they would still blow your house away. He starts out talking about assault rifles and/or large magazines then deposit all weapons at the curb.
Finally I interpret the Second Amendment differently. To quote the Second Amendment: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. The right of the people not the right of the militia, shall not be infringed.
Sheriff Merritt, his deputies, city patrolmen and the State Police do put their life on the line. They all carry a gun to protect themselves. I think the purpose of the Second Amendment is that I have the right to defend myself also. There is a saying that I think any law enforcement officer will agree with. When seconds count the police are just minutes away.
James P. Martin