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December 25, 2012 > Assault Weapons Reform

Assault Weapons Reform

The Second Amendment was adopted in December of 1791. Those were the days of crude muzzle loaded flintlock rifles usually made by a local gunsmith, used mainly for putting meat on the table; they were highly inaccurate at long distances. The original intent of the Second Amendment was to ensure that "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."

In those days the government of our forefathers needed all the help they could get to maintain our emerging and fledgling democracy. Fast forward to the 21st century and now ultra conservative organizations, politicians and lobbyists have "tweaked" their interpretation of the Second Amendment in favor of the firearms industry. In their male dominated perspective, defiance and arrogance of assault weapons reform, these institutions have brainwashed followers through their ideology of "doomsday" rhetoric.

I do believe in the original intent of the Second Amendment, but I also believe our forefathers would never subscribe to extremists modern day interpretations. In my opinion, the Second Amendment was never intended to allow today's citizens access and use to of weapons of mass destruction.

The massacre of innocent men, women and especially children across America must end.

After the Newtown Connecticut, Sandy Hook Elementary School Elementary School tragedy, fatally flawed ideals of the past must not and will not stand.

Leonard Martinez

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