Second Amendment is suffering death by a thousand cuts

"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."

Our Second Amendment is experiencing the "death by a thousand cuts."

Perhaps no single gun law will take away our guns, but many such laws regarding magazine size, weapon types and ammunition will collectively accomplish that end, whether intended or not.

This is the very reason our Founding Fathers included the last four words "shall not be infringed" in the Second Amendment.

Those last four words make any gun law, regardless of how minor it may seem, unconstitutional and therefore illegal.

The 2nd Amendment provides the American people a last resort to protect ourselves and the Constitution from tyranny.

The progressive/liberal left asserts that times have changed, that the Constitution is out of date, technologies rendering it useless.

They're wrong because human nature hasn't changed, politics haven't changed, and people the world over still struggle to attain the freedoms our Founding Fathers achieved and preserved for us.

Since our founding 237 years ago, millions of Americans before us have sacrificed at places like Valley Forge and Iwo Jima with many making the ultimate sacrifice to protect, preserve and defend our Constitution and the freedoms it protects for us.

Millions of Americans understand that the real cause of the senseless tragedies including Columbine, Aurora and Newtown is rooted in mental illness and will continue until mental illness is addressed.

Thousands of local and national gun laws including the ones being proposed were already enacted and didn't stop those killings and will fail to stop others in the future — until mental illness is addressed.

Stop the insanity, put armed guards in the schools and address the real issues of mental illness.

Mike Nieman, Annapolis

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