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Published: Friday, January 4, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
Second Amendment


Violent crime keeps decreasing

After reading the different parts of the "Gun Violence in America" editorial series, it was ever apparent that the Herald is strictly into not defending the Second Amendment, but instead to limit Americans' freedom and liberties. It is so interesting that the news media is so religious over the defense of the First Amendment, defending their right to speech and print but not other amendments to the Constitution.
Limiting gun rights does not make us safer, but it does make us less free. Information from the FBI show that 99 percent of all guns in America are not used in a crime.
I would point to the fact that individuals bent on destruction do not need guns to meet their ends. Some 3,000 died on Sept. 11, 2001, because men who wanted to cause great destruction used box cutters to take over planes and then fly them into buildings.
If banning guns stopped gun violence; then why does Chicago, a city with strict gun laws, have more than 274 deaths this year? The right to keep and bear arms is a modern-day extension of the right to self-defense, it is natural, or fundamental and the government has no legal authority to take away an absolute right without due process. Gun control advocates want to focus on the guns because it takes our attention from the real issue which is the evil that some people have in their hearts.
We have had violence before we ever had guns, it is not the instrument of destruction that is key, but the person/people who have bad intentions because they will find whatever weapon they can to complete their horrible actions.
The FBI research indicates when considering 5- and 10-year trends, the 2011 estimated violent crime total was 15.4 percent below the 2007 level and 15.5 percent below the 2002 level. The evidence shows that we are less of a violent nation than our lovers of the First Amendment will admit, what a shame the media are on an agenda against telling the truth.
Todd Welch
Lake Stevens
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