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Letter: Time to take the Second Amendment literally

Time to take the Second Amendment literally and seriously.

The text of the 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." That is, the right to bear arms is

based solely on the need for a well regulated militia.

It seems to me this amendment speaks only to arms that have a military



1) Non-military guns such as those used for hunting, target practice, self

defense, etcetera, are not addressed by this amendment.

2) The only people who have the right to bear military grade arms are those

who are a part of a "well regulated militia."

It seems to me that if we would take this amendment literally and seriously

we could end so much talk about gun ownership. What if a condition of owning a military grade arm was membership in the National Guard? As such, a condition of owning a military grade weapon is that one is ready to serve, at a moment's notice, in any military action in which our country might be engaged.

Secondly, It would also mean that such a person would have to meet all the

security checks, requirements, qualifications, and conditions of being a

member of the Guard.

Regarding non-military guns. Just as we license a person to drive, and

require that licence to be renewed so that we can measure a person's

competency to operate a motor vehicle, so also, people need to be licensed who wish to possess and use non-military guns.-- Philip Johnson, Lake Park