Your daily Letter to the Editor — Jan. 3, 2012
The Second Amendment was written in a time of muskets and by people who owned slaves. More recently, the National Rifle Association has interpreted the amendment as the right of the individual to bear arms, i.e. the right to own and use a firearm, even an assault weapon.
In 1991, Chief Justice Warren Burger said the NRA’s interpretation of the Amendment is “one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word ‘fraud,’ on the American public.”
The Second Amendment does not give every citizen the right to own and use a firearm any more than it gives a citizen the right to own and use an automobile. The Second Amendment was written so that we the people have a protective militia (an Army and Navy) for our defense and the defense of our country.
In short, the Second Amendment has nothing to do with our individual rights to own an assault weapon any more than it has to do with our rights to buy and drive an automobile.
What is needed is an amendment that closes gun-show loopholes, bans the sale of assault weapons and regulates the sales of guns to the mentally ill. The latter is no easy matter when it was learned that the weapons used in the Newtown massacre belonged to the assailant’s mother.