The second amendment

With the growing savagery of gun slaughter and the unwillingness of government at any level to do anything, Americans are reaping the fruit of one of the most successfully laid plots in history–the purchase of government by powerful interests and the re-interpretation of 225 years of constitutional law to enrich those interests. I’m speaking specifically of the National Rifle Association, of which I was once a member, although the purchase of government leaders by other great moneyed interests can be seen everywhere, from Washington to Little Rock. Let’s recount a little history. When the 13 colonies ratified a new constitution to create a strong national government capable of raising a federal army, they adopted the Second Amendment to reassure some states that the federal government would not abolish their citizen militias, which they needed to control slaves, Indians and rebellions or attacks by foreign groups from the western territories. It said: "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." The first 13 words spelled out the purpose of the final 14 words. State militias, sometimes brought into federal service, formed the brunt of American defense until after the Spanish-American War. State militias were then formalized as the National Guard, under mixed state and federal control, and became a reserve military force sometimes deployed in foreign wars. Federal, state and local governments often passed laws regulating the sale and use of […]

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The second amendment

With the growing savagery of gun slaughter and the unwillingness of government at any level to do anything, Americans are reaping the fruit of one of the most successfully laid plots in history–the purchase of government by powerful interests and the re-interpretation of 225 years of constitutional law to enrich those interests. I’m speaking specifically of the National Rifle Association, of which I was once a member, although the purchase of government leaders by other great moneyed interests can be seen everywhere, from Washington to Little Rock. Let’s recount a little history. When the 13 colonies ratified a new constitution to create a strong national government capable of raising a federal army, they adopted the Second Amendment to reassure some states that the federal government would not abolish their citizen militias, which they needed to control slaves, Indians and rebellions or attacks by foreign groups from the western territories. It said: "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." The first 13 words spelled out the purpose of the final 14 words. State militias, sometimes brought into federal service, formed the brunt of American defense until after the Spanish-American War. State militias were then formalized as the National Guard, under mixed state and federal control, and became a reserve military force sometimes deployed in foreign wars. Federal, state and local governments often passed laws regulating the sale and use of […]

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The Second Amendment

The Second Amendment

Students hold up their signs during a rally asking for gun control outside of the U.S. Capitol building March 14, 2018. (Jose Luis Magana/AP File Photo) U.S. Rep. Scalise recently cited the Second Amendment as how it saved his life because two police officers dealt with the shooter. I wonder if Rep. Scalise has even read that amendment. The amendment necessitates "a well regulated Militia." While it does not explicitly include police officers, it clearly applies only to those who are trained in the use of firearms. Thomas Lerch Hanover Township, Lehigh County

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