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Amend the 2nd Amendment

The Second Amendment must be amended itself in order that the Charleston massacre might be avoided (“Mass killers go around gun laws” July 14). Even so, that is not a guarantee that it could not still happen.

The raison d’etre for the Second Amendment is the existence and regulation of a militia. There is no need today as there was in colonial times. The closest we get to it now is the National Guard, Red Cross and state militias. England is now our best ally.

Most Western nations outlaw gun ownership except for home protection and sport shooting. My wife and I own several legal weapons. We respect gun laws and don’t carry them, although I spent 40 years in federal and state law enforcement and have prevented school, bank and retail robberies and arrested over 150 criminals.

The key to cutting down on violence is to stop glamorizing it in our toys, games, books, movies and TV. That is less likely than an Air Force of flying pigs though. The crux of the matter is self-regulation. Oh, and repealing legalized non-medical drugs.

Victor Buksbazen

Spokane



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