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1/18/2013 6:00:00 AM
Letters: Tyrants and the 2nd Amendment

"Officer" Penny Gabriel, you should really learn about the weapons you own before talking about them. Most 9mm handguns would be considered "assault weapons" by the laws you say you support. Being a prison guard does not give you any rights to treat those of us outside the walls as prisoners within our own country. We do not submit to the "authority" of tin badges wielded by overpaid security guards who pretend to be cops.

You should also notice that law enforcement does carry semi-automatic rifles on a daily basis. They are issued alongside shotguns, beanbag shotguns with bright green or orange stocks, and Tasers to just about every beat cop in this country. They are commonplace among the citizenry too, just as the citizens of 200 years ago carried the same firearms that the armies of the day carried.

They are not "assault weapons," they are rifles. You can call them whatever you want. You can call them cucumbers for all I care, but be advised you are wrong as the day is long.

The 2nd Amendment is not about hunting, target shooting, or even burglars. It is about killing tyrants, should the need arise. Some would make the argument that our founders could never envision auto-loading rifles, but they never envisioned cell phones or home computers either, and most people would not want to make the argument that those items are not protected (though some would). The Second Amendment is precisely about modern rifles.

Raymon Handy


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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: R H

My comment about the guards is based upon the actions and statements of far too many of the ones I've heard from. Penny's comment only REINFORCED it. Sure , there may be some who have a level head and zero attitude but when people who are PRIVATE SECTOR security start throwing around the term 'officer' , yeah ...I have a problem with that. I realize they have a dangerous job and I would never do it for what they pay. That said , it isn't MY fault that they work there. I've done dangerous jobs for low pay but I did move on rather than asserting authority I never had. I don't mind people taking their jobs seriously but when they take them TOO seriously , even after they punch out and go home , yeah I will comment. As for an apology ?. How about 'I'm sorry you work there' ?.

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: Great Point

A Ruger 10/22 is still a Ruger 10/22 no matter how much you dress it up with "Big Bad Scary Looking Parts" (Archangel Kit). If we are not allowed to make our rifle purty, then Penny and/or Lori, will you stop wearing makeup!

Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013
Article comment by: Michael Reddin

To Mr. Handy: I had difficulty reading the entirety of your writing due to my ire over your ridiculous statement about "...tin badges wielded by overpaid security guards who pretend to be cops." I agree with your overall perspective and facts. But, your characterization of many employees who work at the prison, while lumping them in with "Officer" Penny, is shameful. Their's is often a dangerous job. They are not pretentious, nor overpaid. One could characterize the submission of your letter as that submitted by a wannabe journalist ("pretend to be cops") who unfortunately has access to a keyboard ("tin badge"). Again, I concur with your viewpoint, but, smearing some good people who take their jobs seriously was unnecessary. Man up: Apologize!

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