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Dec. 1, 2023

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Letter: Interpreting Second Amendment


I read in Stev Dieringer’s letter (“Second Amendment not a threat,” Our Readers’ Views, Nov. 9), that the Second Amendment “was incorporated into our constitution to curb central government.” I must have misread the Constitution.

In Article 1, Section 8 it lays out the powers of the Congress. Part of it says to provide for the calling forth the militia to perform three duties: Execute the laws of the Union; suppress insurrections; repel invasions.

That looks to me like a way to preserve a central government. In that light, the Second Amendment would ensure the militia would be functional and prepared to defend the state.

So reads the Second Amendment: “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.”

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