This letter is to correct the one Jan. 6 by Thomas J. Zwemer (“How to regulate?”). His quoting of the Second Amendment to the Constitution was incomplete and his explanation wrong.
The Second Amendment states: “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.”
When the Framers of the Constitution were debating the Second Amendment to the Constitution, they were looking to the governments of the past and the possibility of ones in the future. History had taught them that unarmed societies are subjects, susceptible to tyranny and not free. The reference to militia has nothing to do with a National Guard. The National Guard is a government organization created in 1903. The militia in the times of the Framers referred to organized citizens to defend the state or their communities against invaders. Also they saw the need for the people to have the ability to remain armed as a protection against a future tyrannical government. They feared this because of the histories of past governments.
As the late publisher John Basil Barnhill said, “Where the people fear the government, you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people, you have liberty.”
The question to society now is not whether to blame guns and regulate them more, but whether to enforce the laws that are already on the books. It also would help if we would start holding people accountable for their actions instead of making excuses for them.
The current administration is so hypocritical when it comes to this issue. The Justice Department under this administration is responsible for the gun-running operation Fast and Furious, which is responsible for placing guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartels.