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Web letter by E. Gene Gorrell: Military offers solution to Second Amendment dilemma

Drafting our Constitution in the mix of beliefs embraced by our many founders was no easy task. It took a lot of idea-sharing and compromising over several years of hard work by many well-educated people to come up with a Constitution and the Bill of Rights that evolved into our American democracy – a unique government elected by the nations’ citizens – a form of government never seen before anywhere in the world.

Currently the Second Amendment (the right to bear arms) is being questioned. Most people who have studied early American history know the Second Amendment was written to allow ordinary citizens help protect our nation from invasion by foreign nations – several of which owned large chunks of land that are now part of the United States. In the 1700s the United States did not have a well-trained national militia. But some citizens today want to believe the Second Amendment was written to help citizens protect themselves from one another. Not so.

But there is a simple solution for those who wish to bear arms because we now have well-trained militias – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and a National Guard (state militia) in every state. All legal citizens should want to register their weapons, so if they are stolen and found they can be returned. Almost all qualified people are eligible to purchase hunting weapons – rifles and shotguns up to six shots. (I hunted for more than 40 years in Indiana and only once recall shooting four times – at two flocks of quail that flew up at about the same time.)

For all others wanting to carry non-standard hunting or military weapons, they could simply sign up with one of the federal or state militias, pass all the background checks, fulfill the training and carry requirements for the weapon they wish to own, agree to keep their weapon locked up when not in use, and be on call to serve their militia in the event of an emergency.

This program would make gun owners far more qualified to own and carry their particular weapons, while at the same time allowing them to contribute to their country in an honorable way. Also, unqualified weapon-seekers would be ineligible to buy and own weapons and find it difficult to steal them.

This looks like a win-win solution to me.

E. GENE GORRELL

Fremont

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