Letter: Regulating guns, wearing masks doesn’t infringe on rights

Letter: Regulating guns, wearing masks doesn’t infringe on rights

From: Doug Otto Columbus I want to address two issues that 30 million Americans believe are violations of their rights. My first example is based on common beliefs when the Constitution was ratified that changed with more knowledge and/or changing times. — Only white men who own property have the right to vote. — White men have a right to own slaves. — Men are smarter than women. — Duels are an acceptable way to settle disagreements. I’m sure there are some who still hold those beliefs, but most of us have moved on. Here is one that is just as wrong. The contention that Americans can own any number of any type of guns. The Second Amendment says “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.” That implies that the purpose of this right is to maintain the security of a free state. It does not say guns can be used to threaten political demonstrators or to carry when attacking the U.S. Capitol Building. It does not say anything about high-powered automatic weapons that can kill dozens of people in a minute. Such weapons did not exist when this amendment was ratified in 1791. Then there was nothing that could be used to kill 20 children at a public school in Connecticut; or kill 58 and injure almost 700 concertgoers in Las Vegas; or kill 25 people and an […]

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