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Individual right for guns

Joseph Wythe’s letter on the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Constitution is totally off base. He thinks the Second Amendment is about militias. If he were to seriously read the writings of the founding fathers, he would find that they felt the Bill of Rights was necessary to safeguard individual liberty. The wording and meaning of the militia in the Second Amendment represented the entire population of able-bodied men.

However you need to read the entire amendment. The next clause specifically says the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. If “the people” doesn’t mean each and every one of us, then “the people” in the First, Fourth, Ninth and Tenth amendments are likewise ignored.

So if you think it is OK to restrict the people’s right in the Second Amendment, you will have no problem restricting the people’s rights in all of the Bill of Rights. Just yesterday the court extended the Second Amendment’s individual right to include stun guns.

Joe Domon


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