- The Washington Times - Friday, July 11, 2008

Thank you for the informative editorial, “Keep it simple on guns” (Wednesday). Unfortunately, those who govern have the audacity to think that they know better what’s best for the citizens than the citizens do themselves. This is, of course, one of the important things against which the Founding Fathers felt a compelling need to protect us. Past and present experience show all too well that unbridled government cannot be trusted to act in the best interests of the people at all times.

The genocides in Germany, the Soviet Union, Cambodia, the Middle East and Africa attest to what can happen with an unchecked government and an unarmed or disarmed citizenry. Better that the District Council and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty look to protecting the people from the denizens that would abuse them rather than to outlaw clubs, knives, guns, autos and any other “weapons” of choice, or to infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens to possess these items. These politicians need to study the Constitution, particularly the Second Amendment and what the word “infringe” means.

CHARLES RICE

Herndon, Va.

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