Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gun Rights

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Gun Rights

Article excerpt

After reading Brian O'Neill's Jan. 10 column, "Let's Have the Difficult Conversations About Guns," I believe that he is having difficulty understanding the Second Amendment; I thought that I'd try to help him out.

First, it's part of a group of amendments to the Constitution called the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is meant to limit the power of government and guarantee the people certain rights.

Now, let's look at the Second Amendment. The first part refers to "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state." What is a militia? It's a group of armed citizens. It's not a trained military.

The second part says "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." What's not to understand? If "the people" are not the citizens of our country then who are they? …

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