And then enjoy your assault rife
LONNIE D. WEYANT
I wish to respond to Lawrence Freeman’s question about how politicians have a right to deny your perceived rights. He was passionately defending the Second Amendment and the Virginia Article 1 Section 13 to define his right to bear arms, but he totally ignores the most vital aspect of our governing structure.
We are a democracy and are governed by the majority. The Democrats were elected by a majority of Virginians on a platform of enacting safeguards for weapons. The majority spoke loud and clear that they are tired of Republicans/NRA ignoring the will of the people.
The NRA and the Republicans want you to forget that there once was a legal ban on assault weapons that they allowed to end. They want you to forget because otherwise you wouldn’t believe you have a constitutional right to have them. They want you to forget that machine guns are illegal for the same reason.
The point is, it is the will of the majority that should rule. A few hundred people going to a county/city meeting and getting county leaders to pass a meaningless resolution, does not represent the majority of citizens simply because it ignores the actual vote by the whole Commonwealth.
There is one other thing that piqued my interest in his piece. The naive thought that citizens could actually stand up against our military/government. First, if you plan to fight our military, you better start getting more than an assault weapon because that M1 Abrams tank, that drone with laser-guided rockets, no let’s think bigger, that nuclear bomb will probably win.
You see whoever wrote Article 1 Section 13 had the foresight to say “having standing armies, in peace time, should be avoided, as dangerous to liberty.” Why, since everything in our constitution, is to be abided by, do we ignore that pearl?
It’s simple, the reason we have, according to President Trump, the most powerful military in the world, is because we don’t believe the good men and women who serve our country could be turned against our citizens. We believe they are why we are safe, and they are our well-regulated militia.
You want to protect yourself from home invaders, get a 12-gauge shotgun because most of you can’t hit the broadside of a barn with a handgun or rifle when you have someone shooting at you. If you are a hunter using an assault weapon, you’re certainly not a sportsman. If you don’t like what the government is doing, get out and vote.
Finally, I’ll leave you with this thought. Guns don’t kill people, bullets do. If the politicians had half a brain, they would simply eliminate the bullets, and you could have all of the assault rifles you want.
Lonnie Weyant is a resident of Lake Frederick.