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When our founding fathers wrote the Bill of Rights and the Second Amendment to our Constitution in 1791, they had serious concerns about the European nobles and their armies. The old Romans, Celts, Vikings and Spanish conquistadors all were power mongers. Thus the Second Amendment was written, giving citizens the right to own firearms.

Sadly little has changed since that law was written; even at that time, America itself was enslaving African people. Today some dictatorial governments still subvert their citizens and weaker neighbors. Many Africans and Asians still enslave and murder one another. Not long after our Constitution was written, remember what our own nation did to our Native Americans?

Not many years ago, Hitler's Nazi party imprisoned and murdered six million Jews, Slavs and Russians. There is nothing more sobering than my recent visit to the American Museum of the Holocaust in Washington D.C.

I enjoy shooting and hunting. I don't need an AK-47 to hunt with, but I don't want any government official telling me that I can't own a firearm that shoots several bullets with one loading. I don't want a thief in the night or the king's men roaming around in my backyard, knowing how many bullets my firearm is capable of holding.

The Second Amendment is a major reason that our nation has not been invaded by another country's army in the last 201 years. I can't imagine any group of people today willingly voting to disarm themselves.

John P Simmons

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