I hasten to remind Messrs. Zaroff and O'Neill (RC Jan. 16 Letters to the Editor) that our forefathers managed to free this country from the oppression imposed by an earlier despot only because they had firearms. Right after the First Amendment came the Second - "...the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
We now have a president who has stated he wants to transform this country, that America is no longer a Christian country, and that he wants to redistribute the wealth.
When was the last time we heard "take from the rich, and give to the poor?" Oh, yes - the former Soviet Union.
He wants to bypass the Congress and rule by executive order. When the Attorney General was threatened with contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions about the Fast and Furious scandal, the president covered him with an executive order.
Two statements are timely and pertinent:
"In questions of power, then let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution," said Thomas Jefferson, and "It is hardly too strong to say that the Constitution was made to guard the people against the dangers of good intentions, there are men in all ages who mean to govern well, but they mean to govern. They promise to be good masters, but they mean to be masters," said Daniel Webster.
Perhaps the NRA has only 4 million members, but at the present time gun shops are running out of guns and ammunitions all over the country. I suspect there is one helluva tail available to wag the dog.