Vail Daily letter: What Second Amendment means, and doesn’t mean |

Vail Daily letter: What Second Amendment means, and doesn’t mean

David Le Vine
Vail, CO, Colorado

Leta€™s begin with a restatement of the Second Amendment to the Constitution and then suggest a rationale for its existence.

I quote: a€œA well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.a€

Now for an explanation of the logic behind it. When the Constitution was written, neither the federal government nor the state governments furnished arms to those who served. Therefore it was essential that recruits bring their own guns. Obviously then, they needed to keep and bear arms.

OK, although that rationale no longer exists, I have no quarrel with the right of any law abiding individual to own a gun, whether it be it a rifle or a handgun.

However, I do not believe that there is a need for people to travel with concealed weapons, much less to take them into national parks. Furthermore, brandishing them at political rallies may be acceptable behavior in some third world countries, but it is inconsistent with our own democratic values!

The facts are that the NRA has consistently supported the right to own just about any gun and the right to carry a concealed weapon. And furthermore, they have not spoken out against ugly, reprehensible behavior by gun toting, menacing kooks.

Why? Because they dona€™t want to criticize their macho members and they want to sell more guns and memberships.

P.S.: Regarding the proprietor of the store in New York , I personally believe that he had every right to possess a gun and kill two criminals. My reaction was a€œHurrah for Charles Augusto.a€

Enough said! But incidentally, if you want to disagree with my thoughts, thata€™s just fine. But if your name is Quinn, you can skip a€œthe leftya€ crap.

David Le Vine

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