Letters to the Editor

GUNS: 2nd Amendment is being misconstrued

Mass killings and lockdown drills are more routine than any earthquakes we fear. Teachers, students and citizens are being slaughtered by domestic terrorists with mental and anger issues.

In Washington, I can’t bring a water bottle into the legislative gallery because I might throw it, hurting a lawmaker, but I can bring a loaded firearm anywhere in that building.

Yes, I own firearms through legitimate procedures and background checks and I taught U.S. history. The NRA should remember that the Constitution says: 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 key is before the comma. Our founders intended arms-bearing as a collective right, for the community’s protection, not an individual right.

That was a time when we had no systematic police forces or even much of an army. The National Guard and police agencies are our well-regulated militia now.

Rights aren’t infringed by waiting three days to get a gun or undergoing instant background checks.

Laws won’t prevent all senseless killings, but neither do seat belt regulations.