Letter to the Editor: A closer look at the Second Amendment

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” Read the first part of the Second Amendment to the Constitution: “a well regulated militia”; I believe this means that there should and must be laws in place to prevent criminals and mentally unstable people from owning guns; are we saying that the members of groups like the NRA are a well-regulated militia?

Then the next part: “being necessary to the security of a free state”; in these modern times we have a large military force to protect us from outside threats, law enforcement personnel and the National Guard to protect us from internal threats; they are trained in using all kinds of weapons, and ordinary citizens do not need assault rifles, rocket launchers, high-capacity ammo magazines, or armor-piercing bullets.

Next is “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”; in the “olden days” when this amendment was written, hunting rifles and pistols were all that was available and needed. To allow criminals and unstable people today to perpetrate more massacres of children and ordinary citizens with modern war-fighting equipment is the real insanity and crime!

Let’s put a stop to these threats to all our lives, and pass gun control laws that take these modern war-fighting weapons off the streets, out of the hands of the criminals and unstable people.

Steve Swierczek

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