After reading Leonne Arsenovic’s letter (“Can America be great?” June 2 Readers Write), it is obvious that the writer is not: an attorney; a constitutional scholar, or has read the Bill of Rights. Sorry, the Second Amendment does indeed guarantee the right to own and carry “weapons of war.” The pertinent case law is found in the Supreme Court decision U.S. v. Miller. In the decision, the court defined the Militia as “all males physically capable of acting in concert for the common defense. And further, when called upon these men were expected to appear bearing arms supplied by themselves and of the kind in common use at the time.”
The decision was made after the U.S. Armed Forces had adopted semiautomatic and fully automatic arms. Eight years later, a true militia in Athens, Tennessee, used arms to unseat a corrupt machine government and ensure fair elections.
Our country was created and has been defended by armed citizens. The Second Amendment, which...
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