Letter: Guns and the 2nd Amendment

May 6, 2013 

In 2008 the Supreme Court ruled that “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state,” was unconnected to “the right of the people to keep and bear arms.” I don’t remember any conservatives complaining about constitutional reinterpretation or limitations on state’s rights,  because they got what they wanted: extremely limited gun control. The end justified the means! How hypocritical.

The words of the Second Amendment are still intact,  and, considering  court approval of the sawed-off shotgun ban, could support a requirement that to “keep and bear” assault weapons, you must be a qualified, active member of a militia, i.e. national guard, or state or local police force. They already have background checks in place.

Why does this idea raise thoughts of Don Quixote tilting with a(n NRA) windmill?

— Jon Sharpe





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