In a Jan. 17 letter to the editor, Edward Doolin finally expressed the argument supporters of private ownership of assault weapons make for owning those weapons as opposed to other weapons. He did so in the last paragraph of his letter when he said we need them “in case we are called to help stop an internal tyrannical government or some other tyrannical government from invading our country.”
First, the odds of a foreign tyrannical government invading our country are zero. That is because we have, by far, the strongest military in the world. Does Mr. Doolin seriously think that a country from Asia or Europe would be able to cross an ocean and defeat our Navy, Air Force, Army and Marines (which forces would be supplemented by the National Guard) and get to our shores to try to take over our country? That is not going to happen.
Second, the odds of an internal tyrannical government being established in this country are also zero. We have a balance of power established by the Constitution between the president, Congress and the Supreme Court to prevent such an event. A president would need the military to cooperate if he tried to establish a tyranny. The United States military would not support such a move.
Mr. Doolin stated, “in case we are called to help stop an internal tyrannical government.” Who is going to call him? Rush Limbaugh? We have a democratically elected government and will continue to do so into the forseeable future so I see no need for Mr. Doolin and his fellow assault weapon supporters to attack that government.