Gun reform is needed in America

Editor,

Anticipating a reaction to The Record’s Nov. 8 editorial advocating a modicum of gun control, it is useful to remember that the Second Amendment, often invoked by gun advocates to stonewall any regulation, is not, itself, written in stone. In fact, until 2008, the “right” to private ownership of firearms was not protected.

In District of Columbia v. Heller, led by Antonin Scalia, the court voted by only 5-4 to interpret the amendment to allow private ownership — even of weapons designed and intended to kill human beings in vast numbers. Given that the original writers clearly never intended an unrestricted right to own such firearms (why else would they include the opening clause about “A well-regulated militia”?), it is a remarkable inconsistency that can always be corrected by a wiser court.

In his acclaimed dissent, John Paul Stevens proposed an elegant fix. Reword the amendment thus: A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms when serving in the militia shall not be infringed. At least then the debate could surround what constitutes a “well-regulated militia” rather than some unrestricted right for any individual to own any kind of weapon.

LARRY DALOZ

Clinton

More in Letters to the Editor

Letter: Writer should be ashamed of his ‘misleading letter’

Editor, Well, I hope no one ever hires Lee Rebman to analyze… Continue reading

Letter: We can do better —don’t drive under the influence

Editor, Once again, Island Thrift has fulfilled the Impaired Driving Impact Panel… Continue reading

Letter: Trump is thuggish buffoon who would be laughed at

Editor, So, we’ve come to this. A president who praises Congressman Gianforte… Continue reading

Letter: Let your representative know the changes wanted

Editor, We all know that government is slow, at least when it… Continue reading

Letter: Electromagnetic fields are all around us, affect health

Editor, In normal Whidbey life, the typical exposure of a child or… Continue reading

Letter: Letter writer was incorrect about Initiative 1631 info

Editor, Norman Bodine’s anti-Initiative 1631 letter of Oct. 9 states, “95 percent… Continue reading

Letter: Can U C Me Campaign for safety awareness

Editor, This time of year, it’s dark when I leave my house… Continue reading

Letter: Oncology team appreciates patience of its patients

Editor, Fourteen months later, WhidbeyHealth has completed the new pharmacy that meets… Continue reading

Letter: To be great again, let’s bring back compassion in America

Editor, What’s happened to our compassion? As I watch with much anxiety… Continue reading

Most Read