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Letter to the Editor: Libertarians on common sense gun control

President Obama attempted another round of "common sense gun control" as an answer to gun violence. Expanded laws mean more Americans cannot purchase guns. How many Americans are we talking about?...

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President Obama attempted another round of “common sense gun control” as an answer to gun violence. Expanded laws mean more Americans cannot purchase guns. How many Americans are we talking about?

FBI chief John Strong has stated, “We have no idea how many prohibited people there are in the U.S.” Obama does not want 68 million criminals, nor 13 million mental defectives, nor millions of domestic abusers, illegal aliens, non-immigrants, dishonorably discharged veterans, persons who renounced citizenship, illegal drug users, those just charged with a felony and any fugitives to have guns.

All are excluded, even though most may never have used a weapon. And once excluded, they can never be rehabilitated.

A 2004 report by the Justice Department’s inspector general found that most people who fail background checks are not dangerous, and that the reasons they flunk the check are minor or based on incidents that occurred years in the past. So background checks deny many, but accomplish little or nothing.

Libertarians are against violence, but we also strongly support the Second Amendment, and our “inalienable right” under the state constitution “to keep and bear arms for the defense of their person, family, property and the state.”

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Sure, keep violent people off the street, but do not take away the constitutional gun rights of the millions of us who would never use a firearm in anger.

Unless government can actually “prove” you will misuse a firearm, they have no business denying or restricting your constitutional right to legal hunting and self defense. That is morally and legally wrong.

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