Letter: Weber County should enforce all of the Second Amendment, not just the second half

Letter: Weber County should enforce all of the Second Amendment, not just the second half

FILE – A man carries his weapon during a Second Amendment gun rally at Utah State Capitol on Feb. 8, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) I am intrigued by the recent declaration of ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’ in Weber County. I wonder if the members of the Weber County Commission have ever read the Second Amendment. For their sakes, here it is in total: “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’s it — that’s the entire text. The meaning of “militia” makes a difference to the rights established by the Second Amendment. This is how militia is defined by Miriam-Webster’s online dictionary: A: a part of the organized armed forces of a country liable to call only in emergency. B : a body of citizens organized for military service C : a private group of armed individuals that operates as a paramilitary force and is typically motivated by a political or religious ideology I would hope that the intent of the framers of the Bill of Rights was A or B. Of course they might have meant C, but that seems less likely to constitutional scholars. Note the wording: “A (singular) well regulated Militia (capital M)”. That does not seem to suggest multiple street gangs, cop cos-players, or lone wolves. Does Weber County maintain a Militia, i.e., a body of citizens organized for military service? […]

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