Commentary by Don Perkins
As I write my first column for Current, I cannot help but think about the division in our country over gun control. There are not many topics that create as many diametrically opposed views as does gun control.
Bring up the second amendment to the Constitution and you will surely get heartfelt, emotional comments from parties on either side of the debate. As I am a patriot, and I don’t mean the kind that cheers for the New England team, I am called to think about the framers of the Constitution and what they did in forming our basis of government.
Our founding fathers were leaders, who knew what they wanted in a new country based on their history. A free society was the call, free from oppression and suppression by government. Now, throw in the Bill Of Rights (the first ten amendments), and you have the basic freedoms we still enjoy today.
Still, 224 years after the Bill of Rights was ratified, we question the wisdom of our founding fathers as to whether we as citizens should have the right to bear arms. At this point in time, we need to stop and think about the past 100 years and what has happened to other countries around the world who have allowed their citizens to be disarmed by government. The outcomes for those countries and their citizens have not gone well.
Our forefathers knew what they were doing when they drafted the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. We need to remember what they went through to give us the second amendment, and that a lot of men and women have died protecting our freedom and us.
We are the land of the free and the home of the brave.
Don Perkins is the owner of Bare Arms, LLC, 2370 Conner St., in Noblesville. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.