Letter: Keep in mind real history of the Second Amendment


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Posted Online: Feb. 04, 2013, 6:00 am
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With the recent tragedy in Newtown, the debate over gun control has flared up again, as it should.

Something as awful as Newtown should not go by without some civil discourse.

However, I have noticed a particular trend to the conversation.
Gun rights advocates seem to be under the impression that we have guns to defend ourselves from the United States government.

When the Bill of Rights was written (in order to get the Constitution ratified), soldiers' weapons were the same as the military's. Citizens could stand up to the nation's military.

Just look at Shays' Rebellion.

Of course, we didn't have an official standing army for a long time, so the average citizens were the military. That's why the Second Amendment begins, "A well regulated militia." Militia was all we had.

Today, technology has advanced and the AR-15, and everything else we own, pales in comparison to what our government possesses.

The United States spends more on its military than any other country on Earth. We outspend all of Europe combined. Our military can go anywhere at any time and defeat any country on Earth in a conventional war.

If our government did decide to become an "oppressive," "fascist," or "communist" regime, we the people could do very little. A semi-automatic rifle is not a match for an Abrams tank, or an F/A-18 Hornet.

Don't worry, the National Rifle Association won't let Congress take guns away, but there are more valid reasons for having them than defense against our elected government.

Anthony Killion,
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  Today is Wednesday, Sept. 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are told league merchants have paid no attention to the prohibition on selling ammunition, but continue to sell just as before the order was issued.
1889 -- 125 years ago: The Rev. R.F. Sweet, rector of Trinity Episcopal Parish, left for the East to visit his boyhood home in Boston before attending the general convention of the Episcopal Church in New York.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Dr. E.A. Anderson was named to succeed Dr. E.L. Kerns as head physician of the Modern Woodmen of America, and moved to Rock Island from Holdingford, Minn.
1939 -- 75 years ago: One week late, because of the outbreak of war, Dr. E.L. Beyer resumed his work as professor of romance languages at Augustana College. Dr. and Mrs. Beyer left Germany on the last train to the Belgian border.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Employees in Turnstyle stores in Moline and Davenport will vote Oct. 2 in an election set up by the Chicago regional office of the National Labor Relations Board. Employees will vote either for the Retail Clerk International or for no union.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Rock Island High School is considering a step to help teen moms stay in school and get their diploma. The school board is expected to vote tonight on instituting an on-site child care center.




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