The Second Amendment, North Korea and Iran

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Serious supporters of the Second Amendment and the right to self-defense of ones person, family and personal property, fully understand the amendment has nothing whatsoever to do with hunting, skeet and trap, or Cowboy Action Shooting. It has to do with protecting ourselves from a tyrannical out-of-control government.

North Korea and Iran fear the same tyrannical government we do, and insist on being armed for the same reasons.

I know the above is going to be a hard pill to swallow for many — but the evidence is clear: a runaway government maneuvers to control the means of resistance from those it seeks to enslave.

President Bush called Iraq, Iran and North Korea the "Axis of Evil" in his State of the Union Speech on January 29th 2002. He spoke then of a regime (Iraq) that had murdered thousands of its own citizens and of mothers "huddled over their dead children." Since the date of the US led invasion of Iraq, reports say 665,000 or more Iraqis have died, the great majority by violence directly related to our aggressive war. How many mothers have "huddled over their dead children" in Iraq as a result of this immoral act of unprovoked aggression?

Since the "Axis" speech, Iraq has been invaded and Iran and North Korea threatened, along with Syria, Jordan and others. If a criminal had threatened your family along with several other families in your neighborhood, and had then followed through with the threat; invading one of the homes and killing several in the family and then threatening others; would you not seek a deterrent to the possibility of a similar invasion and killing?

Again, I remind you: the governments both Iran and North Korea fear is the same government we fear will become tyrannical and necessitates our being armed to resist. If we fear our own government, why should other nations not fear it also?

Yes, we have been told the Theocracy in Iran and Kim Jung il of North Korea are nuts and fanatics. Have we supporters of the Second Amendment not had the same said of us by leaders in our government? Are we not often referred to as "gun nuts" and pelted with lies and distortions about who we are and what we believe?

Kim Jung il was said by one BBC report to "head a very secretive regime where no dissent is tolerated." Does the recently passed repeal of Habeas Corpus and the old "you are with us or with the terrorists" speech not speak of a similar regime here in our own country?

The last 3 years of the current administration have made it perfectly clear this government intends to become an empire and control the world’s resources — that includes its people. Those of us who support the right of self-defense and the right to be armed should fully understand why North Korea and Iran are determined to arm themselves: after all, only one nation on this planet has ever used atomic weapons on another nation. Why should that nation’s government not be feared? Would you not arm yourself against a criminal who threatens your very existence?

Michael Gaddy [send him mail], an Army veteran of Vietnam, Grenada, and Beirut, lives in the Four Corners area of the American Southwest.

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