Plenty of reasons to fear government

April 30, 2013 

Recently President Obama spoke at the Denver Police Academy in support of increased gun laws. He accused those on the right of ginning up suspicion of the federal government in response to the proposed gun control laws.

I am suspicious of the federal government's intentions, especially because I remember incidents during the Clinton administration.

I remember Ruby Ridge, where federal agents shot Randy Weaver's teenage boy in the back and an FBI sniper shot and killed Weaver's wife while holding her baby in her arms.

I remember Waco, Texas, where FBI agents used tanks against a peaceful religious group, burning that compound, killing 76 men, women and children and then bulldozing the compound to the ground to destroy the evidence.

I remember Elian Gonzalez, a young Cuban refugee in his uncle's home in Miami. After assuring federal agents that there were no firearms in the home, agents armed with assault rifles stormed the home in the early morning hours and forcibly removed the child from the home and returned him to Cuba.

I remember BATF raiding innocent homes in search of weapons in the middle of the night, often killing homeowners who resisted these armed invasions and terrorizing the rest of the households. I remember the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Louisiana sheriffs and other law enforcement officials, many from across the country, forcibly confiscated firearms from law-abiding citizens who were attempting to flee to safety. This was done by a Democratic state government.

Yes, the American people rightly fear the federal government.

John Simon

Fairview Heights

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