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Regarding Roger Pulvers’ Nov. 9 article, “What a world of difference that one momentous day could make“: Pulvers refers to the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing the people the right to keep and bear arms, as “outdated and pernicious.” Fortunately, most Americans do not share his attitude regarding the natural right of self-defense. Consider that the police in any country cannot protect citizens at all times or in all places.

The vast majority of U.S. gun violence involves drug dealers shooting each other. Should 99 percent of the public give up their rights because of the criminal 1 percent? Pulvers also dismisses the belief of the Founding Fathers that the government should not have a monopoly on firearms, which would deprive the public of their ability to rebel against a dictatorship. If the people of Myanmar could own firearms, it might help them get rid of their oppressive military rulers.

joseph marriott

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