Change the gun laws


1. Infringe; to break off, break, impair, violate, to break a law or agreement: fail to observe the terms of!

2. Militia: military service, soldiery: a) any military force. b) any army composed of citizens rather than professional soldiers, called up by the government in times of emergency.

In the United States, all able-bodied male citizens between the age of 18 and 45 years old who are not already members of the regular armed forces: members of the National Guard, and of the Reserves (of the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Navy and the Marine Corps) constitute the Organized Militia — all others the Unorganized Militia.

So, let’s see: If you are a male below the age of 18, or above the age of 45, you cannot belong to the organized militia. If you are a female, of any age, you may not be a member of the organized militia.

The Second Amendment to the Constitution states: 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.

For the life of me, I cannot see anything in that amendment that says the United States government cannot enact laws that would make it mandatory, for persons buying firearms from any source, to need a permit, a comprehensive background check, a waiting period and a completed registration form before they can take possession of any firearm. Not only that, but all firearms that are now in the possession of those who have not done so need to be registered.

When 90 percent of the citizens of the nation are in favor of these reforms, and our United States Congress seems unable to enact these reforms, something is terribly wrong.

Could it be that the National Rifle Association has spent a lot of money trying to “persuade” your senators and representatives to vote against any reform, or to filibuster against such reforms until Hell freezes over? Nah, that couldn’t be it, that would be too obvious, wouldn’t it? I suppose that we will just have to wait until the next mass shootings happen until we can bring this subject up again, and just forget about the thousands of people, who are killed every year by the guns bought at a gun show, from a friend or wherever that have not been documented.

Wake up people, contact your senators and representatives. Tell them they were sent to Washington, D.C. to do the people’s work, not the work of some special interest group. There will be nothing done about this until the 200 million people, who do not belong to the NRA, find the will and determination to ensure that these mandatory changes are made now, not “sometime in the future.”

Larry Wakefield

Aberdeen