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I always wondered why people in a peaceable, democratic country like ours would need to keep military-style weapons such as the AR-15, with high-capacity magazines and high-speed, armor-piercing ammunition. After all, these things are not very useful for hunting, and a 12-gauge shotgun would be a lot more appropriate for home defense. Perhaps these people were getting ready for the Apocalypse, when they might have to fight off their friends and neighbors who would want a share of the food and gasoline they have stockpiled for such a catastrophe.

Now, Mike McGinn of California has supplied the answer (“Will St. Mary’s sheriff uphold the Second Amendment?”, Jan. 18): He wants such a weapon in case he feels the voters made the wrong decision and he needs to stage a revolution to overthrow the government and set things right.

If such an event came to pass, would not the duty of the St. Mary’s sheriff be to arrest the perpetrators for treason? The majority of the voters would surely expect that their rights are also protected by the Constitution and the law.



Egon Frech, Lexington Park