Letter: Second Amendment in context

Letter: Second Amendment in context

Yet another shooting and the Second Amendment supporters are coming out of the woodwork to preclude any attempts at gun control. As a gun owner myself, I would nevertheless like to point out a few salient facts. When the amendment was written, there was no standing army, only possibly (but not necessarily) a town sheriff. Therefore, when a threat arose, the men of the town would be called to assemble, with their hunting rifles, bird guns or harvesting tools, to form a militia in defense of their community. Since in England, ownership of firearms (and resultant power) was largely limited to the government, the Founding Fathers felt it was necessary to emphasize that private citizens could “keep and bear arms,” to provide needed “security.” It is significant to note the first six words of said amendment: “A well-regulated militia being necessary …” The possession of privately owned arms was only to facilitate “security,” as also noted in the wording of the amendment. The intent was also to emphasize that the people would have ready access to firearms, not just the governmental powers that be. We encourage readers to express their views about public issues. Letters to the editor are subject to editing for brevity and clarity. Limit letters to 200 words (100 words if endorsing or opposing a political candidate or ballot measure) and allow 30 days between submissions. Send Us a Letter

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