Steve Provost’s May 19 article, “Second Amendment’s wording suggests intentions of its writers,” was very balanced and informative.
Allow me to add this: George Mason was the principle author of the Second Amendment (1789), and its predecessor, section 13 of The Virginia Declaration of Rights (1776), which reads:
“That a well-regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, trained to arms, is the proper, natural, and safe defense of a free state; that standing armies, in time of peace, should be avoided as dangerous to liberty; and that in all cases the military should be under strict subordination to, and governed by, the civil power.”
The Second Amendment reads: “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.”
Notice the words “Militia,” “State,” and “Arms,” are capitalized, underlining a special connection to the people’s collective right, as “a body,” “to keep and bear ‘Arms,’ ” as “a well regulated Militia.”
The Second Amendment’s objective is “the security of a free State,” foundational to our “inalienable right” to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” Ignoring this has unnecessarily cost many Americans their lives.