Letters to the Editor: SC’s ‘unorganized militia’ doesn’t meet 2nd Amendment definition

Letters to the Editor: SC’s ‘unorganized militia’ doesn’t meet 2nd Amendment definition

Semiautomatic rifles fill a wall at a gun shop in Lynnwood, Wash. With Democrats controlling the presidency and Congress, Republican state lawmakers concerned about the possibility of new federal gun control laws aren’t waiting to react. Legislation in at least a dozen states seeks to nullify any new restrictions, such as ammunition limits or a ban on certain types of weapons. South Carolina Sen. Tom Corbin, R-Travelers Rest, sponsored a measure in anticipation of federal efforts to bolster gun control. The senator wants to exempt from any new federal gun laws all members of South Carolina’s “unorganized militia,” which consists of all able-bodied citizens older than 17 who aren’t in the National Guard or the organized militia. I infer from his measure that the senator is relying upon the Second Amendment to support his measure. Had the senator taken the time to read the very document he swore an oath to support and defend, he would see that 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.” It says “well-regulated militia,” not “unorganized militia.” How can we abide having a state senator draft laws who doesn’t even understand the seminal document that our free society is predicated upon? It would seem South Carolina has greater concerns than gun control. J. BROOKS DAVIS Attorney Coleman Boulevard Mount Pleasant Changing times During my military career, we always held disdain […]

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