Letter to the Editor: Robert Randle


Dear Editor,

As is the case with every school mass shooting, starting with Columbine, up to and including the one at Santa Fe High School, gun advocates keep talking about the Second Amendment, but very few mention Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution. It says:

Congress shall have Power:
To provide for calling forth the Militia to “execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections, and repel invasions.”
Congress shall have Power:
To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining the Militia; and for “governing such part of them as may be employed in the service of the United States;” Reserving to the States respectively, the appointment of the officers, and the authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress.
Second Amendment:
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.

The “people” are those who comprise the militia, not just any or every citizen. Just because Americans have historically, traditionally, and culturally stockpiled guns for personal and private uses does not mean that such a practice is Constitutionally valid.

Robert Randle

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