In response to Chris Daley’s Dec. 28 Opinion page column:
You quoted the Second Amendment correctly. However, like all good liberals you took part of the Second Amendment out of context and added your own interpretation to the statement, “A well regulated militia is necessary to the security of a free state…” To you, that sounded like the founding fathers intended gun owners to be members of a state or local militia and that you would be OK with that. However, after reading the full Second Amendment a couple of times, this is what I discovered. After “free state” there is a comma, not a period, which is used to indicate a slight pause.
…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed (to destroy or hinder). And what part of infringed do you not understand? What does it sound like after reading it in full context? If history is correct there was no state militia; only local people who made up the civilian militia who fought the redcoats. By the way, the British started the revolution by attempting to take the arms and ammunition from the “people.” There was no government to raise taxes to pay for a standing army; there were just the people who were willing to sacrifice their lives and their future to remain free and not be subservient to the British.
Anyway, I bet your brother, the Conservative, will agree with me? Also, I bet you put this in your column just to pull our chains out there, knowing you would get a response like mine.
I always enjoy yours and Wendy’s columns, I just don’t agree with you guys on this one.