While I have a lot of respect for Patrick Brower, he is dead wrong in his recent letter to the editor regarding gun control. The Second Amendment has absolutely nothing to do with hunting; it is about confronting tyranny and the main source of tyranny is and is likely to always be one's own government. This was well understood when the Constitution was adopted and is not about to change. Consider the beliefs of George Washington, a well known radical of the revolutionary war era:
"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."
This is taken from the nation's very first state of the union address delivered January 8, 1790. In The Federalist, No. 46 James Madison, another of those radicals contributed:
"The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation?(where) the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."
That should be compared to words of the leader of the National Socialist Party:
This year will go down in history. For the first time, a civilized nation has full gun registration. Our streets will be safer, our police more efficient and the world will follow our lead into the future. - Adolf Hitler, 1935
There is more in Patrick's letter I take issue with but this is the gist of it. Anyone who believes there is not an extremely substantial risk - if not absolute certainty - that the federal government is becoming ever more tyrannical is simply . . . wrong. From that belief flows the conviction of many that they simply will not be disarmed or their arms limited to what may be needed to hunt Bambi. (And neither Patrick nor anyone else reading this has ever seen a hunter using an "assault rifle" with a 100 round magazine.)