To The Herald-Whig:
The Second Amendment states in part: "The right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
In the 1930s, Adolf Hitler used three steps to control the people and firearms -- regulation, registration and confiscation. When he took control of Germany, he just came and took their guns. You either gave up your guns or they took your life. English people were not permitted to own rifles and pistols. During this time, Hitler could have well invaded England and captured it in a matter of weeks.
Kennesaw, Ga., had a crime problem. The city passed a law that every home must own and possess a firearm. They provided training for their use to those who wanted it. In six months time, the crime rate dropped 85 percent.
Several years ago, the attorney general of Illinois demanded that the superintendent of the Illinois State Police release to her the names and addresses of those people who had FOID cards. The superintendent refused and the courts agreed with him, that this action was a violation of privacy of those holding the FOID cards and the release of the names would serve no purpose.
With the murder of 27 innocent lives in Newtown, Conn., a renewed cry for more gun control laws has come forth. Chicago has one of the most severe gun control laws in the country, yet in 2012, 506 people were murdered there. What we need is stronger enforcement of the laws on the books. Let's start with teaching respect for human life, and get rid of violent video games, movies and TV programs.
Recently the Journal News of White Plains, N.Y., published the names and addresses of those in Westchester County who had a permit to own a handgun. They also Googled a map showing the location of those homes. One of those "outted" was Judge Jeanne Pirro of Fox News. It is my opinion that they published this list to increase circulation of the paper. They are anti-gun ownership. Now the criminals know where the guns are and they now know who doesn't have guns. They will be the criminal's target.
I once had a bumper sticker stating, "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns." Do those outlaws include our own government?