Con­front gun con­trol or re­turn to Wild West

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - VOICES & OPINION -

The Sec­ond Amend­ment of the United States Con­sti­tu­tion states: “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.”

Ob­vi­ously the need for a state mili­tia has been re­placed by the Na­tional Guard and Coast Guard,

whereby trained mil­i­tary per­son­nel are en­trusted with the de­fense of this coun­try against do­mes­tic en­e­mies. Their weapons are tightly con­trolled and safe­guarded.

The only two rea­sons for a cit­i­zen to own a firearm are for hunt­ing or de­fense of the house­hold from in­trud­ers. In ei­ther case, own­er­ship of a hand­gun, shot­gun or ri­fle is more than ad­e­quate to sat­isfy th­ese pur­poses. There is ab­so­lutely no need for any U.S. civil­ian to own any weapon more pow­er­ful or so­phis­ti­cated than th­ese.

Ac­cord­ingly, all hand­guns, shot­guns and ri­fles must be li­censed and reg­is­tered to the de­gree nec­es­sary to match weapon to owner at the click of a com­puter key. Fur­ther­more, we must guar­an­tee that the men­tally ill do not gain ac­cess to them un­der any cir­cum­stances.

Fi­nally, if we had pro­hib­ited the pur­chase of more so­phis­ti­cated weapons sev­eral in­no­cent vic­tims would not have died or been harmed at shop­ping malls, col­lege cam­puses, con­gres­sional meet­ings, churches and now con­certs. We as a coun­try must deal with this is­sue im­me­di­ately lest our so­ci­ety fall back to the days when ev­ery­one car­ried a hol­ster. Joe Bialek, Cleve­land, OH

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