To the Editor,
The recent talk of gun bans and executive orders should have a chilling effect on all persons whether you choose to own firearms or not. I keep hearing these supposedly gun owners' recount that they hunt with guns and say things like, "I don't see why any hunter or someone who likes to shoot for fun would need a high capacity magazine or a military type firearm." Sounds innocent doesn't it and might even sound reasonable to many.
The Second Amendment was not placed in the Constitution to cover one's needs to hunt for food. It has been determined in the Supreme Court to be an individual right to bear arms for defense. It is further strengthened and clarified by saying that this right will not be infringed on.
Why is the Second Amendment so important to many legitimate gun owners? Well because freedom is earned and freedom can be lost quickly. Let's take a short history lesson of recent events in this country.
First let's go back to World War II. Do you know what we did to many citizens of the United States who were of Japanese ancestry? President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the internment of our fellow law abiding citizens with Executive Order 9066, issued February 19, 1942. This power was used to gather up thousands of our law abiding Japanese ancestry citizens and put them in internment camps for up to four years. The civil rights movement is another example of how a government can and did withhold freedoms from Black Americans. After all those years when did the changes come? Not until people organized, protested and actually broke the established laws that took away those freedoms. This organized effort resulted in the 1964 amendment to change this dark part of our history.
I am surprised based on this recent history that many minority Americans will buy into this banning of firearms owned by legitimate gun owners. Now you might say that those recent times are part of the past and will never revisit us again. Wrong, look what happens when a significant natural disaster takes place like Katrina. Police officers were involved in shooting 11 civilians in the days after Katrina. Only one of the people shot by police - Henry Glover - was allegedly stealing goods at the time he was shot and he was shot in the back. People were forced from their homes and disarmed of legally owned firearms and so left defenseless among roaming gangs of criminals. Yes natural disasters are ripe opportunities for your Constitutional rights to be taken away from you. Do you want to be defenseless in a time of crisis? Are you confident that someone else will protect you and your family during a natural or manmade crisis? I am not relying on anyone else to protect myself or my loved ones. I want to be able to own a firearm fully capable of defending myself and other law abiding persons during a crisis time whenever it may arise.
James E. Jenkins