Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

February 18, 2013

STUMPTALK: It was never about hunting

By Jim Sykes
Chronicle contributor

CROSSVILLE — “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Quoted above is the Second Amendment of our Constitution! Can anyone point to any reference therein to hunting? The true purpose of the Second Amendment is “being necessary to the security of a free State.” If our federal government infringes on our liberties and freedoms, we the people have the right and responsibility to change our government, even if it becomes necessary to bear arms.

This time when we discuss regulating guns we need to have a discussion of the facts without the emotions. Gun owners regret the killings by people using guns more than anyone since they know what is going to follow. Most of the citizens who own guns don’t own them for the purpose of killing other people and certainly not multiple killings.

The Second Amendment of the Constitution was not for hunters. It was not even for protection from other individuals. If you examine the wording you will recognize that it was to provide protection against invasion and against totalitarian government like the one that we have today. If the current trend continues, our only hope will be for the citizens to prevent the total takeover of our freedoms by the federal government.

Even a cursory review of history reveals that every government that has taken away the citizens right to own guns has eventually taken over every aspect of their citizen’s lives. Removing the right to own guns is the first step in enforcing total government control. Some members of Congress have already proposed the elimination, or restriction, of the First Amendment. The Federal Government and Courts have already eliminated the application of the Tenth Amendment. Those of you who wish to control guns should study what has happened in other countries where gun ownership has been restricted.

A very wise man once said, “Any society that would give up a little liberty to gain a little security will deserve neither and lose both.”

All criminal shootings are nothing more than an indication of what is wrong within our society. Does anyone deny that killing is evil?  If we continue to force God out of our society, we should expect evil to grow and the killings will continue even if all guns are outlawed. Criminals and evil humans will always find ways to get guns or find some other means of killing.  Newtown is simply the latest tragedy exposing our decaying morals and our failure to teach our citizens to accept responsibility for their actions.

We need to return to teaching morality and responsibility to our citizens.

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Stumptalk is published weekly in the Crossville Chronicle. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the Chronicle publisher, editor or staff. To contact Stumptalk, email coordinator Phil Billington at