The question is “Who?” (1) Who are America’s founding fathers referring to in the Second Amendment — individuals or militias? And (2) who taught these folks how to write a sentence?
Here is the exact wording of the Second Amendment as ratified by the states: 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.
First of all, the term well-regulated should be hyphenated. Second, the whole darn sentence should have been rewritten by someone who spoke English as their first language or at least broken into two sentences for clarification. Here are some options, Thomas Jefferson, if you’d like to take another stab at it:
The right of the people to keep and bear arms through a well-regulated militia (which is necessary to the security of a free state) shall not be infringed. Or ...
The right of the people to keep and bear arms, so long as it’s well-regulated, shall not be infringed. Also, militias are cool. Or …
So long as weaponry allows just one bullet in the chamber, the right to bear arms shall not be infringed — period.
I wonder if the Founding Fathers might have been a little more specific if they had foreseen semi-automatic rifles, high-capacity magazines or that people might fall in love with assault rifles as if they were their babies. I suspect if they could have foreseen Ted Nugent, they’d have skipped this amendment altogether.
Fact is, even after the shootings in Las Vegas, nothing will change — other than gun sales going up again. As many have pointed out, if you can’t make gun ownership more “well-regulated” after those poor children were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary, you’ll never be able to do it.
I think folks ought to be able to own simple guns for protection, hunting and sporting purposes. These guns need not be military-style. I heard someone say the other day that they’d rather have assault rifles in the hands of the common man instead of the government. I wanted to ask, “Um, have you seen the common men around here?” but I know when an argument is futile. Maybe one day political pundits on the left and right will learn the same.
I also strongly believe certain people should not own guns — the unstable, the paranoid, the insecure and especially the gun-loving idiots near my house who practice fendin’ off da gubmint with their arsenal on an almost daily basis. Dey loves dey guns. While I’d love for them to leave my area, I wouldn’t suggest renting them any rooms at high-rise hotels.
Definitely, some idiots should not be allowed to own guns. I believe I identified such people in this Columbus Ledger-Enquirer column from June 2015. Actually, by the time I got done narrowing the list, I think I was the only person still allowed to own a gun.
Of course, the NRA has seen to it that they’ve paid off enough congressmen to ensure that they’ll do no more than offer “thoughts and prayers” after such an event as the Las Vegas shootings. Perhaps as the GOP presses ahead with its tax plan, those opposed to it can tell them that the effort does not have their support, but they’ll be sending “thoughts and prayers.”