November 21, 2013 in Letters, Opinion

Regulation isn’t confiscation

 

“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.” That’s the text of the Second Amendment to the Constitution. I challenge all those who are opposed to gun registration to take a dictionary and look up each of these 26 words; study them carefully.

You will see that the amendment requires registration of, if not guns, at least the owners of the guns, for how else could you have a well-regulated militia? Also, if you stop and think, anybody who belongs to the National Rifle Association, any other gun club, or has purchased a hunting license has effectively registered, if not the guns, at least their ownership of the guns. Somebody knows who you are.

My extended family are avid hunters and gun owners. I would not want to take away the guns from any of these people or any other responsible gun owner.

But somebody needs to figure out how to stop the massacre. I don’t have an answer.

Gun owners, in order to protect their right, need to take the lead in solving the problem. Screaming “over my dead body” isn’t the answer.

Herb Limbaugh

Spokane Valley

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