Letter: Second Amendment not well regulated

Letter: Second Amendment not well regulated

Advocates of gun rights often ignore the Second Amendment provision stating the need for “a well regulated Militia.” To maintain “a well regulated Militia,” our government established standards for bearing certain armaments of war. For nuclear missilery, there is a long and detailed list of requisites. Thus, it seems reasonable to require identity, mental competency, demonstrated capability, reasonable necessity, and national loyalty for citizens to arm with weapons of war. Arms at protest demonstrations and other public settings often appear for intimidation and should be banned for the same reason free speech to incite panic is banned. Yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater, “Shooter!” in a restaurant, or “Bomb!” on an airplane is prohibited when no threat exists. Public safety tops an individual’s abuse of rights. Similarly, public flaunting of weaponry must be banned. Historically, each armed citizen is effectively a member of the “Militia” and thus subject to regulation. Our government has poorly regulated the “Militia” when guns kill thousands each year. Our Supreme Court and lower courts have often failed to weigh the entirety of the Second Amendment when deciding regulation of arms. We must make America safer with rational implementation of the Second Amendment. 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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