Letter: Too many guns or people? | Letters
The original Constitution of the United States was drafted and approved in Article 7 of the document on September 17, 1787. The Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment, did not come into effect until December 15, 1791.
Article 1, Section 8 includes the following: Raising and Supporting Armies, Providing for the Call of a Militia, Providing for the Organization, Army and Discipline of the Militia and for Governing the Party of them which may be employed in the service of the United States.
The Bill of Rights, including the Second Amendment, was not enacted until two years after our first government took office. The Constitution cannot be said to have established gun rights when it was ratified in 1788. It was not until 2008 that individual gun ownership regardless of service in a military militia state was approved by the Supreme Court in The District of Columbia v. Heller, so it is now legal for individuals to own and carry guns.
Thinking back to the Second Amendment, he said, “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms must not be infringed.” It should be obvious that the intent of the Second Amendment was to make weapons readily available for militia support, time being of the essence in an emergency. Remember the Minutemen. In an emergency, they would not have time to go to an armory to retrieve their weapons.
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I can’t imagine our ancestors could have engineered colonies stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Mexico to Canada, with 330 million citizens and over 400 million guns. It would have been helpful if they clarified their intentions. Are there too many weapons or too many people?