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May 10, 2021

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Gun rights not about hunting

The April 24 letter “Past time to act on gun control” asks: “Do you need a semiautomatic gun to go hunting?”

The writer and the anti-gun crowd use hunting to limit the discussion about the Second Amendment. If the Second Amendment is limited to hunting, then the government can restrict the types of guns used for hunting, and thereby curtail people’s ability to protect themselves from government tyranny.

The Second Amendment was written after our Founding Fathers and the colonists fought off the British government’s brutal tyranny. Hunting has nothing to do with it. James Madison articulated this point brilliantly in Federalist No. 46. As Benjamin Franklin said: “He who gives up liberty for security deserves neither,” and in my humble opinion, people should zealously guard and protect the precious liberty and freedoms in the Second Amendment.