Letters to the Editor

Bearing and keeping arms is our right

Clarifications are needed on the Second Amendment and its timelessness for all Americans.

The text of the Second Amendment states that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” A previous letter to the editor was missing the word “keep.” This important distinction was supported by the landmark 2008 Supreme Court decision, District of Columbia vs. Heller. The court affirmed that the Second Amendment provides individuals the right to keep firearms for lawful purposes.

I credit the Founding Fathers with vision to see that technology would progress. Logically, it would follow that Americans would not be restricted to smooth-bore muskets today any more than our First Amendment rights would be limited to the printed word and public speeches.

The National Rifle Association is not made up of firearms companies; it is made up of 5 million individuals from all walks of life who believe in our Constitution and all the amendments, and that we have the right to defend ourselves and our loved ones from those who would do us harm.

Finally, automatic weapons, (machine guns) have been heavily regulated for decades and are not relevant to this discussion.

Thomas Moate, Fresno

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