In his commentary on the constitutional right to own guns (March 28), state Sen. Eric Brakey, R-Auburn, quotes Ronald Reagan, who said: “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.” Reagan also said: “I … believe that an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon or needed for defense of a home.”

Reagan clearly understood that some weaponry has no place in American society. I would include the AR-15 in this category.

Brakey states that the Second Amendment is about the right of Americans to bear arms, including when threatened by a tyrannical government. Does he know that most governments today have tanks, planes, weapons of mass destruction and other firepower that essentially nullifies the impact of legally owned handguns and rifles in resisting a tyrannical government? Or does his unmitigated support of the Second Amendment include a repeal of all laws banning the civilian ownership of advanced weaponry, so we can all be armed to the hilt when the tyranny is imposed?

Thomas Bennett


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