Parkland Florida School Shooting time to stand up to the NRA

Ar-15 rifle used in Parkland FL school shooting

The Second Amendment of the United States Constitution 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."

Let's look at this statement. It's talking about a 'Militia,' right? And the Militia is a well regulated one. And it asserts a right of the 'people.' People is a collective noun. The constitution isn't asserting a right of an individual, but a right of the people as a whole. And it is asserting a right of a free 'State,' which is also a collective noun. So the right is assigned to the 'State.' A common sense definition of a State is, "a politically organized body of people usually occupying a definite territory; one that is sovereign; the political organization of such a body of people; a government or politically organized society.

There is nothing here that suggests that an individual residing in such a state has the absolute constitutional right to 'bear arms.' What they do have is the right for their State to maintain a regulated Militia - an armed forces, or National Guard - to keep the state safe, secure and free. It's the security of the State that is at issue here, that was the concern of the founding fathers.

Fast forward to current times when 'arms' are now so lethal that one automatic weapon used by one person can kill dozens and even hundreds of persons in minutes, it makes no sense at all to assert that any one of us has the absolute constitutional right to possess even one, let alone dozens, of these lethal weapons. It can't be that had these weapons been available during the time that the constitution was being drafted, the founding fathers would have asserted the right to any and all persons to possess such weapons and that these weapons were to be allowed to be for sale to all individuals with no restrictions. These are weapons for Militia's, not for individuals who might intentionally or accidentally kill dozens or hundreds or even thousands of innocent fellow citizens of our free State.

It is time to stand up to the National Rifle Association and for Congress to pass laws that forbid Army style, mass killing weapons to be sold to individuals with little or no restrictions and with little or no demonstrated uses of such weapons and with little or no training in the safe use of such weapons.

Call you Senator and your representative in the U.S. House of Representative to demand a law that restricts and regulates ownership of such weapons and that will force the U.S. Supreme Court to make a common sense judgment on the second amendment in these modern times of weapons of mass death. After all, It's a matter of life and death.

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