- The Washington Times - Friday, March 15, 2013

Ever since I can remember (58-plus years), I have been a proud gun owner. As a child, I owned children’s toy guns, also proudly. I have owned all types of firearms, with different types needed for different applications in the same way a golfer needs numerous clubs or a baseball player needs a variety of bats. The big difference between these inanimate objects is the ownership of my firearms is protected (at least by constitutionally cognizant courts, legislators and executives) under our Bill of Rights. There is no Bill of Needs.

As a proud member of the constitutionally correct, American, gun-owning community, I am as heartbroken and sickened over the Newtown, Conn., massacres as any member of the human family. However, my status as a gun owner has made me fair game for blame by some self-serving and inept legislators such as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The media see the particular horror of the Newtown shootings as a great opportunity to bash the Second Amendment. They have also joined in the chorus — with outright lies tailored to play to the like-minded — in order to exercise their own hatred of guns and love of the concept of an omnipotent government.

I will continue to fight against any further erosion of our rights. As Alexander Hamilton said, “For it is a truth, which the experience of all ages has attested, that the people are commonly most in danger when the means of ensuring their rights are in the possession of those of whom they entertain the least suspicion.”

ERIC ORE

Washington