Firearms policy: misuse of firearms

I really don’t understand what’s so hard about understanding the Second Amendment to our American Constitution. Does anyone even recognize this next sentence? “A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms will not be infringed.” The only part people seem to quote is the second part. Although it does not say anywhere to sell weapons anywhere and everywhere, that is, in a chaotic and disorderly haste.

In 1939, the United States Supreme Court made it easier for individual states by determining that the regulation of firearms was in fact a state responsibility. So they have to do just that, “regulate”. This should include requiring user and safety training before purchase, as well as background checks for everyone. I could be wrong, but I don’t recall ever seeing multiple shootings involving ex-servicemen from any of the various services. All US Armed Forces require significant firearms training and discipline.

During this early training, those deemed undesirable for military service were asked or asked to leave with a general or dishonorable discharge. (I am an ex-army, Vietnam ’68-’69). We were regulated, the only time we used a weapon was when we were shot at.

Jim Peterson, Renton

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