Letter to the Editor

What the 2nd says

AtascaderoApril 7, 2013 

“Ring, ring … ”

“Police Department.”

“Yes, I am a clerk at Heritage Oaks Bank, and there’s a man outside, with guns in his car.”

“Sorry. We think laws preventing carrying guns in public and near schools violate his Second Amendment rights.”

Thankfully, this exchange did not happen when Turner Newman was arrested March 13, sparing us another possible tragedy.

Those 27 words called the Second Amendment were carefully crafted to avoid the abuse of hucksters. It’s time we read them again. If we did, we might ask some very appropriate questions, such as, “If the right ‘to keep and bear Arms,’ was about private gun ownership, then why did they use the collective noun, ‘the people’?” Or, “Why is ‘Arms’ capitalized and ‘State’ and ‘Militia’? Was it done to specifically link those three words?”

Hopefully, we might even ask, “Isn’t the Second Amendment really about ‘the security of a free State’?”

Read it for the first time, again, for the sake of our nation, and our children:

“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.”

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