, Gloucester, MA

January 9, 2013

Letter: Call for Amendment repeal goes too far

Gloucester Daily Times

---- — To the editor:

I would like to address the letter to the editor asking “Is it time to repeal the Second Amendment?” (The Times, Monday, Dec. 31).

I agree that, in the wake of these horrific shootings, more needs to be done for the safety of everyone. But the letter goes too far in stating anyone can walk into a gun store and buy a tactical weapon and ammunition.

In order to do this, you need to pass a safety course and a background check to get a license from your local police department. Then the gun store conducts a second background check at time of purchase.

The author goes on to say that we should ban ammunition and give the government power over its citizens and their civil right to own arms.

Our forefathers, however, through the Constitution, gave specific rights to the citizens of the United States and warned against giving up our liberties for safety.