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Support the 2nd Amendment if you love your freedom
February 9, 2010

A few weeks ago, our local wannabe funnyman Mr. McCloskey had a doodle in The News Leader depicting an obese, grubby-looking man packing more weapons than Rambo. The message of this caricature of a Second Amendment supporter was, "As a law-abiding Virginian, I have the right to treat my anti-social paranoia and feelings of inadequacy by being able to purchase more than one gun per month!"

McCloskey was obviously attempting to mock and ridicule supporters of the Second Amendment for opposing gun control in Virginia. The second amendment is as follows, "... the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

Mr. McCloskey, do you take issue with the Bill of Rights and view the intellectual giants who crafted our Constitution with contempt just like the current, corrupt political elite in Washington? Or do you not know the meaning of the word "infringe?" Maybe, you were doodling during your history classes, so let's look at some past instances of gun control to educate you on the issue:
"Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971-1979, 300,000 defenseless Christians were exterminated. China established gun control in 1935. From 1949-1976, 20-35 million defenseless political dissidents were exterminated. The list goes on but a conservative estimate suggests that 70 million people lost their lives as a result of gun control in the last century," according to Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership - Homepage.
In 2001, according to, only one year after Australia enacted gun control legislation they saw an increase in nationwide homicides by 3.2 percent, assaults increased by 8.6 percent; and armed robberies increased by 44 percent. In the state of Victoria, homicides with firearms increased by 300 percent.
The reasoning behind the 2nd Amendment is made clear by Thomas Jefferson's quote, "The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." The right to bear arms means the difference between a citizen and a slave and once this is lost all other rights will soon follow. So please join your fellow Tea Party Patriots in defending our liberties.

JOHN GEARY Churchville