To the editor,
The “cartoon” printed on the editorial page Feb 1, 2016 is a blatantly false depiction of the second amendment. The Second Amendment was based partially on the right to keep and bear arms in English common-law and was influenced by the English Bill of Rights of 1689. Sir William Blackstone described this right as an auxiliary right, supporting the natural rights of self-defense, resistance to oppression, and the civic duty to act in concert in defense of the state. Note that Blackstone listed three SEPARATE reasons for the right to keep and bear arms. Our ratified version lists two of those SEPARATE reasons. The second amendment of our US Constitution was adopted on Dec 15, 1791 as part of the first ten amendments contained in the “BILL OF RIGHTS.” That is the “rights” of the people NOT a militia. The US Supreme Court has ruled over and over again that the “RIGHT to keep and bear arms” as stated in the second amendment, belongs to “individuals.” In other words THE PEOPLE. The second amendment as ratified and adopted in 1791 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.” The comma dividing the amendment could easily be replaced with the word “and” as a comma properly used simply “separates clauses” as defined by the Oxford dictionary. Our founding Fathers and all of those who voted to adopt this amendment were surely educated enough to have worded the second amendment in this form, A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the militia to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed., if in fact that is what they intended it to say.