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Taking the Law into your Own Hands is not an "Individual Freedom"

By Michael Spence


February 23, 2018
Friday AM

Once again the CEO of the NRA, Mr LaPierre, has taken the podium to expound on the rights of individuals to take the law into their own hands. In doing so he reveals again his huge misunderstanding of the Second Amendment of the Constitution, which does not entitle anyone to do so.

The position taken by the present day NRA and its paid-for politicians in Washington is nothing less than and advocacy of vigilanteism. It makes the point that Americans, including schoolteachers and ordinary citizens regardless of training or mental capacity, should practice do-it-yourself law enforcement using firearms.

How is this form of vigilanteism any different form that practiced by any mass shooter or religious fanatic? Aren't they also just taking the law into their own hands ? Are we to think those criminals are not also emboldened by the position taken by the NRA?

How are members of trained law enforcement agencies supposed to differentiate between armed bad guys and armed good guys? It is obvious they cannot. This might also explain the tandem increase of shootings by law enforcement officers of innocent people with the increase in gun-toting do-it-yourselfers.

Congress must finally do something for the safety of its constituents. It is entirely possible for Congress to enact regulations under the Second Amendment that restrict gun ownership to responsible, mentally stable, trained people. It must also explicitly forbid ordinary non-law enforcement people from becoming police, judge and jury against anyone they choose

Michael Spence
Ketchikan, Alaska

About: A responsible gun owner

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Received February 22, 2018 - Published February 23, 2018

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