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Letter: Second Amendment is not about hunting

Second Amendment is not about hunting

In addressing the Second Amendment and the SAFE Act forced upon the law-abiding citizens of New York State by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, he said, “Nobody needs 10 bullets to kill a deer.” The Second Amendment has very little to do with the hunter. Let me also say that a “militia” is like a posse, not formed until needed. Militias were in use prior to the Revolutionary War on down to the Alamo and beyond.

Shortly after the Constitution was adopted, afraid of the restriction of rights England sought to impose on the colonies, the first 10 Amendments, or Bill of Rights, were adopted. The Founding Fathers knew that this “experiment” might fail and did their best to give the citizens the ways and means to protect themselves from the government.

The Declaration of Independence calls on us to watch over this experiment in democracy and, if need be, start anew. “… That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government …” This is why there should be a well-maintained/armed militia.

Certainly we have the power of the vote, but with corruption of both the electorate and government, it has become intrusive, doing what’s in its best interest, not ours, and shoving mandates down our throats. This is why it’s so important to guard and protect the first 10 Amendments.

Henry Kolb

Town of Tonawanda