In response to Victor Reilly’s letter (“Solve gun-rights problem,” April 17), Mr. Reilly needs to do his research.
He states that “our only militias are not public,” rather “fringe,” a.k.a. right-wing militias (my take). Next, to make his “progressive” point, he only uses the first part of the Second Amendment to suit his argument! My Lord, it’s only one sentence. Left out: “... the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
Next, he states “such militias haven’t existed for two centuries,” so why “fret” about them?
• James Madison’s explanation of the Second Amendment in Federalist Paper No. 46: to the point of ensuring no standing federal army can exceed one-25th of militia, ensuring defeat of said army. (Also refer to the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence, to the people’s right to overthrow a destructive government.)
• South Carolina Code of Laws Section 25-1-60, amended last December, defines the three levels of “current” militias. Both Mr. Reilly – if he’s in the right age group – and I are members of the unorganized militia!
• South Carolina Code of Laws Section 25-1-1890 allows the governor to activate the unorganized militia.
• Check pending South Carolina Senate Bill 247 for new provisions for our responsibilities.
• Check the Efficiency of Militia Bill H.R. 11654, a.k.a. the Dick Act, passed by Congress in 1902.
• Check the Right to Keep and Bear Arms Report, U.S. Senate Judiciary Subcommittee, 97th Congress, 1982, with reference to militias, et al., under Title 10, U.S. Code 311(a).
Mr. Reilly apparently would further circumvent the Constitution by eliminating a Constitutional Convention, just to pass a law.
If his First Amendment right to communicate his views were tampered with, he’d scream bloody murder!