Anti-gun tyranny

By From page A6 | January 17, 2013

During the Constitutional Convention of 1787, a contentious debate raged over states’ congressional representation. The overriding consideration was to guard against tyranny. The south wanted lower house representation based on wealth; but the delegates settled on population as the fair basis for states’ legislative power.

Unfortunately, today our more densely populated states are politically left, and our more sparsely-populated states are politically right.

This is creating the very problem that the founders were attempting to prevent: tyranny of the majority.

Nowhere is this problem as evident as the current attempt to limit access to and ban guns.

Reviewing a map of the history of mass murders by gun, it is clear that the problem correlates with geographic population density. In fact, death by gun is significantly more common in densely populated areas.

People living in sparsely-populated areas often hunt for food. They are more likely to need guns for protection. And rural people tend to be more experienced and responsible gun owners.

Nevertheless, our dense blue states and their politicians are marching forward with an attempt to restrict gun rights for all Americans despite where they live.

What we need is greater consideration from the dense areas not to trample on the rights of people living in the sparse areas. We need a conscience for what tyranny of the majority looks like, and a natural control response to prevent it.

There are many common-sense things we can do to reduce the amount of gun violence in ways that do not trample of the rights of law-abiding citizens of sound mind. If we must ban something, then ban tyranny. It is a much more dangerous weapon.

Jeff Boone

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