Letter: The Second Amendment allows for reasonable gun control

Letter: The Second Amendment allows for reasonable gun control

Michael Conroy, Associated Press Bryan Oberc, of Munster, Ind., tries out an AR-15 from Sig Sauer in the exhibition hall at the National Rifle Association’s annual meeting in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 27, 2019. Webster defines “regulate” as such: “to control, direct or govern according to a rule, principle or system.” The Second Amendment states, “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.” I assume “well-regulated” authorizes the government’s ability to wisely determine the best way to “control” and “direct” said right. On April 3, 2018, in a fit of rage, Nasim Aghdam used a handgun to shoot innocent victims at the YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California. Compare that to the massive carnage inflicted by numerous shooters, also consumed in fits of rage, who brandished military- style assault weapons to gun down their prey. Although injured, no one was killed by Aghdam. Compare that to the dozens instantly annihilated by those using military, high-capacity-style weapons. Don’t be misled by the National Rifle Association. The Second Amendment allows for regulating the possession of high-powered weapons originally intended for use in times of war. Additional regulation wouldn’t be anything new. For example, machine guns and short-barreled shotguns are already prohibited. Raymond Hult Bountiful

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