Burr, Tillis must defend Second Amendment

To the Editor,

I wish to respond to the “Their View” from The Asheville Citizen Times that was published in The Robesonian on March 10 entitled “The students have spoken, now time for Burr and Tillis.”

I agree with the title, but I totally disagree with the following statement: “We need a new ban on assault rifles — a permanent one. This should be accompanied by a buyback period, two years maybe, after which possession of an assault rifle is a felony with a mandatory prison time.”

Here is a question to whoever agrees with banning the purchase and ownership of so-called assault weapons by law- abiding citizens. Do you recall reading about law enforcement officers responding to a robbery or other crimes and being outgunned by the crooks who unlawfully had assault-type weapons? Do you recall reading about the history of tyrants who killed millions of people by confiscating weapons and taking over the means of communication?

Have you read the Second Amendment? Here it is: “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.” Have you ever faced an assault weapon in the hands of a criminal and you only had a handgun to defend yourself and/or the public?

Any law forbidding law-abiding citizens from owning any kind of weapon for protection will not rid the country of “assault weapons” in the hands of crooks.

Disarming the American people will only lead to the loss of freedom. The Second Amendment was established so that the people could guard against our government becoming dictatorial.

I agree it is time for Sens. Burr and Tillis to speak. They should continue to speak in support of the Second Amendment. For them to do any less would be a grave violation of their oaths of office which is: “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”

Samuel Kerns