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Hill Boss: Militia must be ‘well-regulated,’ not a free-for-all

To the editor:

It seems to me that supporters of some sort of gun regulation frequently ignore a potentially powerful argument in support of their position.

The pro-gun lobby constantly refers to the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as the inviolability of gun ownership. Yet the Second Amendment begins with the words “A well regulated militia — not “an unregulated militia” and not simply the word “militia.”

This qualification of the word militia certainly implies that the Founding Fathers recognized the importance of some degree of control over a militia, yet gun advocates continue to oppose even minimal limits on gun ownership.

Am I missing something?

Hill Boss

Amherst

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