Administration’s stance on firearms intolerable

Following the outcry from the anti-gun crowd in the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, a nationwide rush on gun stores began as citizens bought semi-automatic modern sporting rifles, handguns and ammunition – in effect making a political statement about proposals to ban such firearms.

The so-called assault rifle has become a symbol of freedom and the right of the people to speak for the entire Bill of Rights.

Many people now feel that owning a so-called assault rifle without fear of government confiscation defines what it means to be an American citizen.

This backlash against the knee-jerk reaction of an over-reaching government is a natural reaction of us citizens.

Citizens of other countries react differently to government intrusion into their lives, but Americans are uniquely independent.

Among firearms owners, talk of gun bans and attempts to limit the ability to protect against multiple attackers by limiting the number of rounds in a pistol or rifle magazine, turns gun owners into political activists.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif) did not intend her gun-ban proposal to cause skyrocketing sales of semi-automatic rifles and pistols, but that is what happened.

President Obama telling the American citizens they shouldn’t have large capacity rifles or pistol magazines is like sending a signal they need to acquire these things immediately.

Vice President Joe Biden never thought his efforts would result in a tidal wave of new members and contributions to gun rights organizations, making the firearms community stronger and more united in opposition to any assault on the Second Amendment.

Perhaps they should take a day off and visit the monuments at Lexington and Concord, and reflect on what made those colonists stand their ground.

It was the first time in American history that the government moved to seize arms and ammunition from its citizens, and it went rather badly for the British.

Beneath the surface, many Americans are convinced that we may be approaching a point, when the true purpose of the Second Amendment is realized.

A Pew Research Center Poll shows, for the first time, a majority (53 percent) of Americans believe the government is a threat to their rights and freedom.

This administration’s indifference toward the right of firearms owners, who have committed no crime, but are being penalized for the acts of a few crazy people, should not be tolerated.

The demonization of millions of loyal law-abiding Americans and the firearms they legally own must cease.

If we are to have rational dialogue about firearms and violent crime, we must recognize that the very people who could be most affected have a First Amendment right to be heard.

Abraham Lincoln, more than 150 years ago, cautioned that “a house divided against itself, cannot stand.”

Benjamin Franklin taught us that “those who give up liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.”

Bill Carter, Altoona