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Second Amendment clarified

Editor:

Speaking of getting educated, concerning the right to bear arms (ct. Gary Ebert’s letter to the editor in the Springville Journal of March 23, 2012): The full text of the Second Amendment reads, “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.”

As can be plainly seen, this right is entirely, solely and explicitly based on, and justified by, the perceived need to maintain a well-regulated militia. No mention at all of a right to bear arms in order “to protect ourselves from our government, to protect ourselves from criminals, for sport and for hunting,” as asserted by Gary Ebert. Indeed,

“protecting ourselves" from our duly-elected government – whether or not you, yourself, currently view that governmemt as a “joke” – smacks of sedition. The Founding Fathers, incidentally, were not protercting themselves from their elected government. Far from it. Their grievance, e.g. was taxation without representation. Think about it!

Bill Wohlhueter
Springville
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