Letter: 2nd Amendment addresses need for a militia

Letter: 2nd Amendment addresses need for a militia

Gun Rights

Regarding an article on the front page of The Ledger [“Polk declares itself a 2nd Amendment sanctuary”, Jan. 22], I must respond by writing that the Second Amendment has been bastardized by the NRA and other gun groups. The U.S. Constitution was written in the English language. Unlike Latin, which declines nouns and conjugates verbs, an English sentence is critically dependent on the position of words. The subject of the Second Amendment is: “A well regulated militia.” The verb is “shall not be infringed.” The remainder is comprised of two dependent clauses, which are always separated from subject and verb by commas. How important is a comma? Just think of the unpunctuated sentence: “Let’s eat grandma.” The phrase “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” is surrounded by commas and thus cannot be the subject of the sentence. It is merely a descriptor. The Second Amendment addresses the need for a well-regulated militia; not a well-armed, unregulated populace. Leander Aulisio, Lakeland

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