U.S. citizens, except for felons and the mentally disabled, may possess firearms, a right protected by the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which reads: "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."
Anti-gun advocates deny this applies to personal possession and use of firearms, but the historical record clearly shows that the English Bill of Rights of 1689 restricted a ruling monarch from interfering with the personal right to bear arms.
This was a basis for our Second Amendment, and confirmed by a 2008 U.S. Supreme Court decision specifically confirming that personal ownership of firearms is, in fact, legal and covered.
Mr. Vald Svekis' opinion of June 19 advocated ending private ownership of guns to end gun violence in the U.S., placing gun control in the hands of government officials.
His remarks demean and label private ownership as "the direst threat to America." While Mr. Svekis may feel safer, giving any government power to control gun ownership is the direst threat to citizen's freedom that I can imagine.
I support the NRA, the Republican Party, and the tea party in their strong support of personal gun ownership by this country's citizens.