Editorial discussion about the need for the Second Amendment has been widespread since the senseless, horrifying events at Newtown, Conn. Instead of vilifying supporters of the right to keep and bear arms, let's examine some images from our country's past.
What of the disarmed and defenseless blacks who were lynched across the South? Who can forget the picture of federal agents with machine guns when they pulled a frightened Elián González from the closet to send him back to Cuba? What was the sight picture for FBI sniper Lou Horiuchi when he killed Vicki Weaver holding her baby while other agents fired on her family at Ruby Ridge? The documentary "Rules of Engagement" graphically details the government's shameful attack at Waco that killed 76 Branch Davidians, including children. Our government has been less than forthright regarding its actions and motives in denying these citizens' natural and constitutional rights.
Abuse of government power is why the constitution's framers drafted the Bill of Rights. Were the founders wrong in thinking that power emanates from and resides with the people? We should give serious thought before supporting any political party that systematically infringes on people's liberty and seeks centralized government control of our daily existence.