The Norman Transcript

Opinion

March 17, 2013

Second Amendment doesn’t call for regulation

NORMAN — Editor, the Transcript:

The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America: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.

Mr. Steele’s letter on March 10 seeks to have the reader believe the Second Amendment requires arms be “well regulated”. I fail to see how anyone could construe that meaning from the text of the Second Amendment. It does not even imply that arms should be regulated in any way. The term “well regulated militia” refers to a state’s militia being trained, equipped and disciplined; see the readings in the following paragraph. Mr. Steele’s point concerning the regulation of arms being required by the Second Amendment is totally wrong and nothing more than out of context phrasing used to make a point.

An explanation of why and how the Second Amendment came into being and what it seeks to do as a part of the “Bill of Rights” can be found at wikipedia.org, as well as additional readings concerning the Second Amendment and the courts.

Interesting and informative quotes and comments from the constitutional founders, state’s delegates and other notables of the time can be found at: uhuh.com/guns/2ndquotes.htm.

I agree that some types of arms should be unavailable to the general public and that list is currently long enough. I do not believe that semi-automatic rifles, shotguns, handguns and “assault weapons” should be further regulated, nor magazine capacity limited. This “assault weapons” scare is only because some look like military issue weapons making them an obvious target for control advocates and fear mongers.

I go along with expanded background checks with stipulation that transfers of arms between qualified family members require no checks or documentation and that no ownership databases of any kind be authorized or maintained at any governmental level. The HIPAA should be modified to allow pertinent patient information to be captured for the expanded background check.

John T. Ashmore

Norman

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.

1
Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion
  • Repairs still needed

    Lawmakers once again kicked the can down the road on making needed repairs to the state Capitol. By a 62-34 vote, they turned down a Senate-approved plan to authorize up to $160 million in bonds to repair the nearly century-old building....

    April 24, 2014

  • Health care needs have reached critical stage

    Once again, the Republican-led Oklahoma legislators are leaving Oklahoma’s neediest in the dust with their proposed 2014-2015 budget. Studies by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance ...

    April 24, 2014

  • Can’t have it both ways

    Local sheriff Joe Lester wasn’t among the state sheriffs and lawmakers protesting the removal of state prisoners from county jails this week. The sheriffs, some of whom have protested by having too many state prisoners in their ...

    April 24, 2014

  • Help for rural America

    A drive through rural parts of the Southwest can be depressing. For sale and for rent signs are prevalent. Businesses along main streets have closed. Unless they are close to a major interstate highway, many communities are in decline....

    April 23, 2014

  • Embarrassment to Oklahoma, again

    The standardized testing that was halted in local schools Monday is another embarrassment to the state. The same thing happened a year ago and Oklahoma gave them another chance....

    April 23, 2014

  • Time to move on; exit of Sebelius is right choice

    From the moment it became obvious that healthcare.gov wasn’t working, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius became damaged goods for the White House....

    April 23, 2014

  • Happy birthday to us

    We don’t expect any cake and that many candles might be dangerous but today is the unofficial 125th birthday of Norman....

    April 22, 2014

  • Hero of Haarlem … for common good

    “Trudging stoutly along by the canal,” as the story goes, the 8-year-old son of a Dutch sluicer was returning home from delivering cakes to a blind man. Humming as he passed the dikes, he noticed that recent rains had made his father’s job ...

    April 22, 2014

  • Hate without end

    The news that a former grand dragon of the Ku Klux Klan is suspected of shooting and killing three people near Jewish community centers in Kansas seems at first glance like a disparaged past flaring briefly into the present. Americans like ...

    April 21, 2014

  • Reform is necessary

    Editor, The Transcript: Last year, the legislature passed laws reforming the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs, which was a good start, but more is needed. Recent media reports have revealed that the ODVA employs M.D. and D.O. ...

    April 20, 2014

Video
Facebook