History of the Right to Bear Arms Rests on State, Federal Roles in War ; COMMUNITY COMMENT

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I am retired, a veteran with two tours in Vietnam and a short 1965 tour in the Dominican Republic attached to the 82nd Airborne Division expeditionary force. My father was an ardent hunter who owned an 1896 octagonal, long-barrel, lever-action, 30/30 Winchester; a double-barrel, 12-gauge shotgun; and, a 6-shot,.22- caliber revolver. Hunting and fishing were his passion. My twin brother and I received a single-shot.22-caliber rif e for Christmas when we were 12 years old. Although I don't now see a need to own a weapon, much of my life has been linked to weapons. I'm not opposed to gun ownership; but, the reasons the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution became part of our "Bill of Rights" has very little relevance in today's government and society relationship. Before there were amendments to the Constitution; Article I (Congressional Legislative Powers), Section 8, Clause 16 reads "To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress."

The 2nd Amendment 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. …