Jim Thompson’s article (“Second Amendment was put in place to defend ourselves against a tyrannical government,” AFN, Jan. 25), asserting that the Second Amendment was designed to protect us from federal tyranny, reveals the politically reactionary mind in its most gloriously convoluted illogic.
Thompson first condemns my refutation of pro-gun propagandist John Lott’s thesis that “for each 1 percent reduction in gun ownership there is a 3 percent increase in violent crime” (AFN, Jan. 8). Lott’s unmistakably simple linear equation Thompson calls a LOGARITHMIC function. Why not call it a differential equation?
That would be no more senseless.
In his anti-federal tyranny thesis, Thompson cites a long Hitler quote, dated 155 years after the constitutional convention, which allegedly helps to explain why the founders drafted the Second Amendment. The Hitler quote is totally irrelevant.
James Madison not only rebutted the federal-tyranny thesis; he ridiculed it. In Federalist Paper 46, Madison plaintively asked the Constitution’s opponents “what madness could ever drive the Federal government to such an extremity?” In subsequent remarks, he denounced his opponents’ deluded paranoia as “the incoherent dreams of a delirious jealousy, or the misjudged exaggeration of a counterfeit zeal, (not) the sober apprehension of genuine patriotism.”
The Constitution’s opponents, rebutted by Madison for their fears of federal tyranny, were the ideological precursors of today’s right-wing fanatics, who equate the slightest gun-control efforts with demands for universal gun confiscation.
• C.W. (Bill) Griffin is a retired consulting engineer. He has lived in Ahwatukee Foothills for 22 years.