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Allan Hales' "Newtown fearmongers" (Forum, Dec. 30) contains numerous logical errors and inconsistencies. In his final point, Hales contends that we need the gun rights afforded us by the Second Amendment in order to resist the potential for government tyranny.
But in order to effectively resist the most powerful regular army in the world (ours), the citizenry needs a lot more than AK-47s and Glocks with 30-round clips. Real resistance would require surface-to-air missiles, anti-tank weapons, heavy artillery and F-16s.
So we are left with a choice: Either the Second Amendment is there to help the citizenry resist a tyrannical government and we need military heavy weapons stored in our basements or the Second Amendment does not apply to armed insurrections, and all military and assault-type weapons are unnecessary.