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Second Amendment not about hunting

In response to David Nickel's Jan. 8 letter, "We need to ban assault weapons," please stop attempting to subvert the true meaning and spirit of the Second Amendment.

Any personal opinion as to what types of firearms that hunters may "need" is of no consequence in relation to the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Our founders were not concerned about any future citizens' right to go hunting. The Second Amendment was put into place and recognized as one of our fundamental, Creator-granted civil rights, because Americans have a legal and constitutional right to "keep and bear arms" in order to oppose any future out of control and rogue federal government, should it become the only recourse left to the citizenry so that a legitimate government "by and for the people" be re instituted.

Timothy Scull, Rapid City

Second Amendment regulates our leaders

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“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.”

I beg your pardon, Hazel Bonner (Jan. 17 letter), an armed militia does exist; you are a part of it. Once this militia has been disarmed, the well-regulated law enforcement backed up by the well-regulated military under the command of the first dictatorship of the United States will have free rein to decide, “Is there some advantage to us for Hazel Bonner to exist or should she be eliminated."

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The Second Amendment is all about regulating our leaders, it was not designed around hunting or target shooting. Ask yourself, when I am required to do my part protecting this Free State, do I want to be armed with the same type of weapon as those I oppose or do I want to use a sharp stick?

The new restrictions proposed by Obama, Biden and the others are a smoke screen to hide the real social problems of this nation. Problems that, for the most part, have been caused by the failure of leaders like them to address the real problems of this nation, not firearms.

Larry Crawford, Sturgis

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