- - Monday, January 11, 2016

Although the most passionate and vocal advocates of gun-control legislation will not admit it, their utopian dream is banishment and confiscation of all weapons from all citizens. The gun is just one tool among many that humankind, over the centuries, has employed to maim, murder and oppress. Lest we forget, the gun also provides protection from criminals, has secured and defended liberty against tyrants and kept us free.

Before confronting Goliath, did David undergo a background check and did he have a sling-shot permit? The incontrovertible truth is that the Second Amendment was included in the Bill of Rights in case the politicians did not observe the other nine amendments. The debate is not about gun control but people control. History is replete with tyrannical regimes intimidating dissidents and opponents by encouraging citizens to spy on one another, to report behavior and attitudes that were not politically correct or acceptable.

I implore everyone to read the latest executive orders of the president. By requiring physicians to report conversations with their patients about guns to the Department of Homeland Security, President Obama will be encouraging them to invade the physician-patient privilege.

As troubling as this turn of events is, it is not surprising. The president is a “progressive” and the ideology of progressivism is anathema to self-reliance and individualism. Progressives really believe that the government can care for us better than we can care for ourselves.

I miss the America I grew up in.


Flushing, N.Y.

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