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April 24, 2014

Ranch standoff shows need for gun rights

NEW CASTLE — Editor, The News:

If you ever needed confirmation of why our Founding Fathers found it necessary to give us the Second Amendment to the Constitution, you only had to watch the standoff between the federal Bureau of Land Management and Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who refused to be steamrolled and intimidated by an arrogant, tyrannical federal government.

And there was one reason and one reason alone why Bundy was able to stare down the government when it attempted to abscond with his private property, and that reason was a loaded gun, actually, many loaded guns.

The urban class — the ones who elected Obama and most other Democrats — suffer from the delusion that the reason the founders gave us the right to bear arms was to enable us to hunt.

In truth, the founders gave us that right so we could protect ourselves from an overreaching federal government, the kind we have now.

The country class understands that truth, and that is why the descendants of the American pioneers — armed and ready for action — came to the aid of the Bundy family. Had these freedom-loving patriots not been armed, the government thugs surely would have run roughshod over them.

In the end, the federal government retreated with the claim that it did so to protect the public when, in fact, it did so to protect itself. Like most bullies, it turned and ran when confronted with a formidable opposing force.

No doubt the liberal politicians in Washington see this as a setback in the goal to subjugate us to their tyrannical rule, and they will no doubt redouble their efforts to take away our guns; however, if the encounter in Nevada is any indication, they are going to have a fight on their hands.

Joseph K. Waltenbaugh

Hillcrest Avenue

New Castle

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