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Several letter writers have recently asserted the Second Amendment's purpose of arming citizens to oppose federal government tyranny. This begs the question: Who decides when the federal government has become tyrannical?
I am as concerned as most by the current dysfunction in Washington. But I cannot imagine anything happening or likely to happen that would be as terrifying as a self-appointed, assault-weapon armed mob in the streets determined to take over the functions of government.
For more than 230 years we have used the vote rather than firearms to select our leaders. The turmoil in Texas notwithstanding, the states' rights issues that so concerned the framers of the Second Amendment have largely been resolved. Were they around today, they would expect us to continue doing do.
Even the most committed advocates of gun rights have to admit that guns are potentially dangerous. The widespread availability of military-style assault weapons and large-capacity ammunition magazines raise this danger to an intolerable level. They have no place in a civilized society.