Does the NRA really defend the Second Amendment?

Does the NRA really defend the Second Amendment?

To the Editor: According to the Second Amendment of the Constitution, "…the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed." The word, Arms, is deliberately capitalized, a common practice at the time used for emphasis. Since Thomas Jefferson and many others owned private cannons, the largest weapon available to them, Arms, to the framers clearly meant more than just small arms one can easily "bear". The word, gun, is found nowhere in the Constitution, a carefully crafted document. According to the preamble, one of the main purposes of government is to "insure domestic Tranquility," also capitalized. To correctly interpret the intentions of the framers, everything following the preamble, including the 10 original amendments, must be weighed in light of the Constitution’s stated purpose. At the time the Second Amendment was drafted, there was no federal army, no national guard and no organized police force, a fact of history ignored by the modern National Rifle Association’s absurd position, which used to be far less radical than today. There were also no large urban populations or police protecting them, gravely endangered by modern assault weapons. And, who knows what horrific Arms may be contained in a future brief case or even smaller space? For many years, the NRA and mainstream media were guilty of drawing a nonexistent, artificial line down the center of the Second Amendment, limiting the debate to gun ownership. To insist this amendment permits unlimited ownership of modern assault weapons, is no more […]

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