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Gun Control

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, D.C.

Gun Control

Mr. Speaker, the Supreme Court said last year that the Second Amendment means what it says: ``The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.'' There is nothing vague about that personal right. Never mind, Chicago still has a gun ban law.

So the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case where those who believe in liberty are challenging the Chicago antigun law. Gun Grabbers pass a gun ban claiming it reduces crime, but crime actually goes up in banishment areas. So this is not about crime.

The antigun lobby steals individual freedom under the false pretext of providing security by government. In reality, these people want more government intrusion into our personal lives. Obliteration of the Second Amendment is one of the most intrusive methods they use. Gun control is really government control.

The Second Amendment was, among other things, originally designed to protect people against tyranny. Thomas Jefferson said, ``Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.''

The right to bear arms should apply even in Chicago, whether the paranoid gun control crowd likes it or not.

And that's just the way it is.

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