Only good people with guns can stop bad people with guns

Posted: Mar. 22, 2013 11:12 am Updated: Apr. 12, 2013 12:15 pm


To The Herald-Whig:

When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns. This was the slogan used against former President Clinton when he got his assault weapons ban through Congress in 1994. Later that year, in the November 1994 elections, the Democratic House and Senate took a beating at the polls. Results: Republican House and Republican Senate and those who voted with President Clinton, most of them city Democrats, went home. So much for support of this law by the American voters.

It's no one's business, especially the government, how I elect to defend my family and property or how many guns I own. It's ironic that the liberal press and media is very protective of its First Amendment rights to a free press, but wants to take my Second Amendment rights away because they don't agree.

Whenever there is a problem you have to look at it and see what the common thread is. In all these shootings, the one thing all shooters had in common -- in Tucson, Virginia Tech, Aurora, Portland, and Newtown -- is they were all mentally ill. This issue was only given lip service by the federal government because it can do very little with medical privacy laws in effect and, of course, it is not politically correct. So it ignores the mentally ill issue and decides to take our weapons away from law abiding citizens.

Do these anti-gun politicians and media people ever study or read history? History is full of what happens when the government disarms its citizens. Nazi Germany, Communist Russia and China all disarmed the people before they took over.

The only way to stop bad people with guns is good people with guns.

Abe Lincoln said it well: "Government of the people, by the people, and for the people ..." This will not be possible without the Second Amendment.


William W. Godfrey

Philadelphia, Mo.