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In reply to Nancy Runyan’s letter (“Matter of interpretation,” Jan. 12), I would like to mention that she apparently didn’t read the Second Amendment closely enough. It says “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.” Notice if you will that it says “the right of the people,” not the right of the militia.

Being a tea partier myself, but foremost a member of the Constitution Party, I’d be willing to bet that most tea partiers have done their homework and interpret the Constitution as I do – according to the original intent of its framers – and not according to the changing whims of our society.

As for what tea partiers want, that’s easy. We want our president and Congress people to abide by the Constitution they swore to uphold. It’s not just a piece of paper. It’s the Supreme Law of our land!

Our country is on the wrong track and won’t be on the right one until our federal government does its job – and only its constitutionally authorized and limited job.

Kelli Burton


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