Neil Durrance on The Second Amendment

Last Updated : Aug 03, 2010

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"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." Second Amendment, United States Constitution.

I was raised as an outdoorsman hunting the grasslands of North Texas during dove season, deer season, and all of the great hunting seasons we enjoy here in Texas. As an avid sportsman and firearms owner, I also enjoyed collecting firearms of all types and competing as a Cowboy Action Shooter by the name of "Shingles."

As Thomas Jefferson said, ""Laws that forbid the carrying of arms . . . disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man." I oppose any legislation which would take away the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Our founding fathers understood that an informed and well-armed public were essential tenants to a free and democratic people. However, persons who commit crimes with guns should suffer the enhanced punishments of their dangerous and criminal behavior.

I believe in a common sense approach which respects and honors our Second Amendment rights while protecting the law-abiding public.


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