Gloucester Daily Times
---- — To the editor:
FBI statistics show that, every 12 seconds, a home is invaded.
There are 6,646 break-ins every day, more than 3.5 million burglaries per year; 38 percent of all assaults occur during a home invasion and 60 percent of all rapes occur during a home invasion. In Switzerland, all males are issued assault rifles for their militia service and are required to keep them at home, yet little crime exists there. If there is a Schuetzenfest in town, you will find rifles slung on hat racks in restaurants, and you will encounter men and women, old and young, walking, biking, and taking the tram with rifles over the shoulder, to and from the range. The Swiss Federal Police Office reports that, in 1997, there were 87 intentional homicides and 102 attempted homicides in the entire country. Some 91 of these 189 murders and attempts involved firearms.
In a word, Switzerland, which is awash in guns, but has substantially lower murder and robbery rates than England, where guns are banned. The only conclusion is that, in countries where gun ownership by legal citizens is banned, only the criminals have guns and they like to use them.
The Second Amendment gives us our God-given rights to a firearm for defense against tyranny and for self-defense. That was and is the intent and that is the law our government officials are sworn to uphold.