Paul Muschick: Share thoughts on whether Second Amendment is ‘antique of the past’

Paul Muschick: Share thoughts on whether Second Amendment is ‘antique of the past’

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A recent "Your View" published by The Morning Call suggested the Second Amendment no longer serves a national purpose. (Burlingham, Getty ImagesiStockphoto) I can envision the reactions to the “Your View” submission published by The Morning Call this week from Marlin Reinhart of Mahoning Township. “We need to bypass the Second Amendment and the NRA and pass strict gun regulations to reverse that downward spiral of civility in our nation,” he concluded. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg) I disagree with some of his points, including that “men have a primal warrior instinct." We’re not all drawn to things that make us feel more powerful, such as fast cars and weapons, as he believes. “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,” is what the amendment says. The fact that federal courts have upheld state laws that ban certain types of weapons shows the amendment isn’t a guarantee that anyone can own any weapon they want. I’ve heard from a few readers with rebuttals to Reinhart’s opinion. One of them noted that the topic is “too important to not share opposing viewpoints.” (giftlegacy / Getty Images/iStockphoto)

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