Letters: Constitution says 'keep and bear arms'

May 6, 2013 

Guns. A topic I wish I didn't have to speak about. Why is this knee-jerk gun control debate raging? The Constitution says exactly this: "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." Whelp, the Constitution checks out, so argument over, right? WRONG. Everyone continues to fight about this, and people continue to attempt to pass more gun-control laws. Why? And don't give me "The founding fathers could have never anticipated this!" Yes, you're right. They couldn't have. But they also knew that they would change significantly, as evidenced by the wording. It does not say firearm, it says arm.

Arm is defined as a means (as a weapon) of offense or defense. In short, a weapon. Not flintlocks, a weapon. Any weapon. And don't tell me it was "intended for fire-arms alone!" Yes, it was primarily for firearms, but they knew that they couldn't let a tyrannical government take any weapons! In short, By limiting what weapons I can or cannot have, aren't you infringing my Second Amendment-granted rights?

ARRON SHEFCHEK, RHS student

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