Letters and opinions published in the Lake Sun over the last several days cause one to wonder whether the writers have actually read the Second Amendment to the constitution.
In fact, it says “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to bear and keep their arms shall not be infringed.”
There are a couple of discrepancies in spelling and punctuation between the original bill as presented and that finally signed, but the wording is clear.
What does not seem to be clear to some is the meaning of “well regulated militia.”
Surely this does not translate as meaning that anybody can have as many weapons — of whatever kind — that he happens to want. That is, most certainly, not “well regulated.”
As it is, we have a well-regulated militia. It’s called the National Guard, and it fulfills the purpose of the Second Amendment admirably.
That it has been incorrectly deployed overseas as an offensive force does not negate its importance as a strong defense for the country against attack whether from within or without.
Then, “Guns don’t kill people, people do,” one of the oldest and least sensible of the arguments of the gun lobby:
Of course people are the ones who kill other people, but people with assault weapons with 30-round magazines can kill many more people than those wielding knives or baseball bats, and from a much greater distance.
Do you really think this is what the authors of the amendment intended?
While you’re considering this, remember that the weapons of today were not only unavailable at the time of the Constitution, they were unimaginable.
Let’s move on: “Cars can be used to kill people, but no one suggests that they should be banned.”
It’s true, of course, but the main purpose of a car is to move people (or, in the case of commercial items, freight) from one place to another.
In other words, the reason for vehicles is transport, not damage. They can be misused — as can virtually anything — but it is not their main purpose.
With guns, the purpose is, for the most part, to kill or injure another living creature. In the case of handguns and assault weapons, those creatures are people.
Why do you think they’re called Assault Weapons?
Almost anything can be misused to cause harm to people: axes, weedkiller, broken bottles, the list is endless.
Page 2 of 2 - But the reason for guns is, mostly, to kill.
Hunters should not fear: their guns are intended to kill — but not people. Those guns can be misused, too, but it’s undoubtedly true that most hunters are extremely careful to be sure that their guns are secured.
There are bound to be occasions when a gun — or anything else — is used to create havoc and misery.
But let’s not make it easy.