This is a rebuttal to Rev. Jim Boswell’s Aug. 4 opinion article, “Banning assault rifles no brainer.” When tragic incidents such as occurred in Colorado, we must not lose sight as to why the Second Amendment exists and cause worse problems by overreacting. The Second Amendment was not put into the constitution for recreational use of arms. The Second Amendment’s primary purpose is for “the people” to have uninfringed rights to military arms to protect themselves from a tyranical government.
The U.S. is one of the few nations on earth where “the people” have the right to arm themselves. The intent of the Second Amendment is for “the people” to be able to arm themselves with military weapons. Governments which strictly control firearms, inflict more suffering and death than caused by the illegal use of firearms.
The question which should be asked when firearm violence occurs is: What motivated the person to become violent? John Lott’s published research indicates crime and gun violence increases when gun rights are severely controlled or restricted. At www.GunFacts.info data supports Lott’s findings. The book “On Killing” by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman is insightful in how society trains our youth to be psychopaths. It’s not the instrument of death which is the problem; it’s the mind which uses instruments of death for illegal purposes.
Let’s protect the Second Amendment so we can remain free citizens and let’s attack the true problem; let’s stop training our child to be psychopathic killers.