- - Wednesday, February 21, 2018

In the 20th century, socialist nations murdered some 200 million unarmed citizens (some 800 citizens daily in the Soviet Union over 72 years, and over 5,000 daily in Mao’s China over 27 years). Hitler made it illegal for Jews to own guns.

George Washington said: “Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth.” Thomas Jefferson said, “The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is to protect themselves against tyranny in government.” Madison, Mason, Hamilton, etc., all made similar statements. Socialism is no longer remote in America. In the 2016 Democratic primary some 85 percent of voters under age 30 voted for socialist Bernie Sanders.

A citizenry without semi-automatic rifles has no chance against the military. And the best defense for schools is to arm select teachers and administrators, as Israel does. Having only one armed security guard for a large school with multiple doors is feckless.

Carl H. Middleton

Arlington



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