Upon reading the title of your article, I cringed, thinking I’d be writing a rebuttal, but upon reading it, I was corrected. I applaud your article for respecting gun ownership although you personally do not wish to exercise your right to do so.
But I do feel it’s necessary to support your allusion to the intents of the framers of the constitution. I would refer anyone interested to take a look at http://www.guncite.com/journals/hal-lin.html to see what the founding fathers had to say about the right to bear arms. But you hit it on the head in your article: what makes challenging the Second Amendment more acceptable than challenging the First? Nothing.
Also, I would recommend checking out http://apollo.demigod.org/~zak/firearms/firearms.php, a website put together by another Fort Collins resident. Also try http://www.nraila.org/ArmedCitizen.asp and search for blank in just Colorado for instances of self-defense using a firearm (I found 96 entries today).
For measure, I was a student at Standley Lake High School, a mere 15 minutes from Columbine, and I certainly felt the repercussions of the massacre, but I still am fully supportive of gun ownership. Watch Micheal Moore’s “Bowling for Columbine” without automatically accepting his anti-gun premise and evaluate the facts he offers for yourself. Look at Canada. The facts speak for themselves.
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