Reason for 2nd Amendment
Mr. Roaf in his letter to the editor recently made a very cogent argument against governing based on polls, but he did not address the fundamental flaw in the Second Amendment. No other part of the Bill of Rights begins by explaining its reason for being. The Second Amendment reads in its entirety: “ 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.”
We have municipal police forces, state national guards and a national army, all, and perhaps each, of which make a militia unnecessary. But beyond that, what about those words “well regulated.” Does that preclude background checks? In my opinion, it mandates them.
The Constitution is not carved in stone, which is why the Founding Fathers added the Bill of Rights and why we have further Amendments. It is necessary to admit that the arms the Founding Fathers spoke of are not the arms we have today. We need to exercise common sense in our interpretation of the Document.