, Newburyport, MA

January 7, 2013

Disarming citizens makes them less safe

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

In his Jan. 2 letter, Alfred Moskowitz insists that the 2nd Amendment was not meant by the Founding Fathers to give the people power to overthrow a tyrannical government. General Washington might beg to differ. New Hampshire’s Constitution follows the Declaration of Independence, warning that, “The doctrine of nonresistance against arbitrary power, and oppression, is absurd, slavish, and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind,” when liberty is endangered.

Cities, states and countries like Jamaica, Britain, Canada and Australia that have disarmed their citizens have seen break-ins and violent crime rates increase, sometimes by a factor of three to four

times. Ballots did not make the victims of Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy or the brutal Algerian regime either safe or free. Communist regimes disarmed and murdered 80 to 100 million people — socialist regimes, another 70 million — more than twice the rate of previous centuries.

Millions of Americans have been imprisoned because a weapon in their collection ended up on the “Assault Weapons Ban” list, for using marijuana, making mistakes on IRS tax forms or even defending their homes. The EPA and other environmental agencies can force you off your land without trial, and there are now 40,000 SWAT raids into American homes annually. NDAA now permits indefinite detention without trial. warns of worse dangers.

As one bumper sticker suggests, “Think you can trust the government? Ask an Indian.” It murdered 2 million of them after the Civil War.