16 November 2005 - Orange County Register
O’Brien’s letter was long
on personal preference and short on reason. For starters, the
Second Amendment was ratified in 1791 - long after the Revolutionary
War was over - and was written to guarantee the pre-existing right
to arms in self-defense, to allow the citizenry to defend itself
against both foreign invasion and any future tyranny from its fledgling
calls the notion that a gun can protect a good guy from a bad guy
"pure sophistry". Perhaps he’s unaware of scientific studies that
have shown that defensive uses of firearms by law-abiding citizens
to prevent crimes outnumber incidents of criminal gun violence by
a factor of 4-to-1.
personal preference is that he’s never had a need for a gun. Good
for him, but what makes him think that’s everyone’s personal preference?
Personally, I’d rather have one and not need it than need one and
find someone preventing me from having it.