- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 17, 2013

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat, and others have proposed incendiary firearms legislation at what is arguably one of the tensest social moments in the history of America (“Gun owner to Congress: ‘I am not your servant,’ ” Web, Jan. 5). For rural Americans, any restriction beyond current firearms law will require us to choose between an inherent, ingrained right to defend our families and obedience to an expansionist federal mindset. For millions of responsible, voting, productive, taxpaying Americans, that’s hardly a difficult choice.

To be sure, following a force-feeding of the Affordable Care Act, several hundred invasive executive orders, rogue environmental rules and reams of new federal regulation, America is in absolutely no mood for inside-the-Beltway efforts to further erode its rights and privileges. One glance at rising numbers of background checks, mounting munition sales, escalating gun prices and explosive growth in National Rifle Association membership tells the story of what people really believe. It seems as though our public servants, such as New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and President Obama, are simply not listening.

Here we have a government that cannot balance its own checkbook and seeks instead to regulate toilets, light bulbs and school lunch menus proposing that we trust it with regulation of the very means to defend ourselves from deranged killers, or even government tyranny.

In the final analysis, gun control is not about curbing social horrors. It is quite possible Americans will take personally this effort to restrict their freedoms and stop listening to federal mandates altogether.

JAMES CARLSON

Garden City, Kan.

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