, Newburyport, MA

January 2, 2013

Second Amendment no excuse for armed insurrection

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

Barbara Anderson’s column, Dec. 29, goes beyond her generally extreme right-wing nonsense. She writes, “But am I the only one imagining grandchildren living in a country that had lost its right to defend itself against a too-powerful government? I think not, which I is why this week there are more ‘assault weapons’ in homes across America …”

Can I interpret that to mean that she is advocating armed insurrection when some group feels “oppressed” by the government? I would suggest that she read up on the Constitution and history before she uses the Second Amendment as an excuse to overthrow our government.

That amendment that refers to “militias” was inserted so that the government could “insure domestic tranquility,” as stated in the Preamble to the Constitution — not to provide an excuse for armed insurrection. By the way, that kind of rebellion was tried and failed, after much bloodshed — it was called the Civil War.

I would suggest that she be more circumspect in her advocacy of assault weapons as a means to redress grievances, lest some “aggrieved” person or group feels the need to “defend” himself or itself, not by political action but by violence.

Alfred Moskowitz