Second Amendment misunderstood

The commonly accepted belief that individuals have the right to own firearms was solidified upon the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in District of Columbia vs. Heller, where the majority opinion was written by Anthony Scalia, a member of the National Rifle Association.

In an effort to provide a legal foundation for gun rights, Scalia reasoned that the original writers of the Second Amendment had a two-pronged purpose: First, that the states had a right to an armed militia and, second, that individuals had a right to own firearms. He stated that the expression “bear arms” was intended by the constitutional framers for individuals to possess guns within their homes for protection. “Bear arms” was the way they spoke back then.

This is false. At Brigham Young University, 40,000 texts written in America in 17th- and 18th-century English were copied on computers. Then they searched over a billion words and found 1,572 examples of the expression “bear arms,” which was always used in the context of war, soldiering or serving in a militia, not for personal self-defense.

Examples of these were concealed by Heller’s legal team and Scalia. The evidence is clear that the original writers of the Second Amendment did not intend that individuals had a right to possess firearms.

The Second Amendment was written to enable slave-owning states to maintain armed militias to ensure against slave rebellions and catch runaways. It is now obsolete. All governments are free to regulate individual gun ownership as they determine.

Walter Lindrose,

Denton

Support for our GOP

We have a tremendous government with President Donald Trump and his Republican staff that works on his behalf.

I have watched U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, his outstanding staff, our solid senators and state Rep. Lynn Stuckey, who has done a great job and should also be given an excellent rating. We have had an excellent government in the past two years and can look forward to more improvement in the next four years with this group.

Today was a total loss for the Democrats with two new congresswomen performing in a manner that was hurting the entire nation — Rep. Ilhan Omar, D- Minnesota, and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Michigan, making total fools of themselves. How did they ever get elected and work to ruin the nation?

America, support our Republican Party and let’s keep this country improving as we have had in the past three years.

Ray Roberts Sr.,

Denton

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