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Skelton: Guns aren't for fighting the government

February 14, 2013|By Los Angeles Times Staff
  • Law enforcement authorities investigate the burn-out cabin on Wednesday where accused quadruple-murder suspect Christopher Dorner was believed to have died after barricading himself inside.
Law enforcement authorities investigate the burn-out cabin on Wednesday… (John Valenzuela / Associated…)

Whenever the topic of gun control comes up, some activists say they need high-powered weapons to protect themselves from the people who run the country.

In the words of one reader, the 2nd Amendment exists "so we can defend ourselves against the tyranny of government. The Constitution didn't provide for gun ownership so we could shoot turkeys at Thanksgiving."

In his Thursday column, George Skelton says the notion of allowing citizens enough firepower to fight the government is ridiculous.

He points to the recent case of Christopher Dorner, the ex-cop who allegedly killed four people before being tracked down by police.

"Yes, the 2nd Amendment was written by patriots who did successfully rebel against the tyranny of a foreign power," Skelton writes. "But neither Washington, D.C., nor the LAPD is a foreign power."

All of Skelton's columns are here.

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