Letter: Pro-gun advocates distort intent of Second Amendment

Letter: Pro-gun advocates distort intent of Second Amendment

FILE – In this Oct. 2, 2018, file photo, semi-automatic rifles fill a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash. Mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado in March 2021, that left several people dead, have reignited calls from gun control advocates for tighter restrictions on buying firearms and ammunition. But with Democrats in control of the federal government, gun rights advocates have been persuading Republican-run state legislatures to go the other way, making it easier to obtain and carry guns.(AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File) Elaine Thompson Regarding Kevin McDermott’s column "‘ Thoughts and prayers’ for some gun sanity " (March 28): In 1991, Warren Burger, the conservative former chief justice of the Supreme Court, said: "The very language of the Second Amendment refutes any argument that it was intended to guarantee every citizen an unfettered right to any kind of weapon he or she desires." The Second Amendment, when written, was meant to arm militia against enemies of the state. In no way, shape or form was it written to arm non-militia citizens and definitely did not intend to give citizens the right to own any type of firearm they wanted. How many more young people and unsuspecting citizens need to die before Missouri Sens. Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley and Rep. Ann Wagner pass a much-needed gun control measure? AR-15s should be banned. The United States is known mainly for its guns, not our democracy, our awesome citizens or the melting pot of immigrants who helped settle America. […]

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