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: Navy, country need place for Growlers to practice

Editor, As a retired master chief who served at Whidbey Island, both… Continue reading

Letter: Our island community making a big difference

Editor, Thanks to Laura Guido for her article, “Making Art to Make… Continue reading

Letter: Insurance cuts a slap in the face

Editor, WhidbeyHealth recently announced budget cuts, as noted in the South Whidbey… Continue reading

Letter: Arrest by deputies’ helped avert potential tragedy

Editor, On Nov. 21, we on Whidbey Island were very likely in… Continue reading

Letter: Not anti-defense; against being ‘collateral damage’

Editor, I read the South Whidbey Record Dec. 5 article, “Navy ends… Continue reading

Letter: Frustrated by a lack of enforcement by county

Editor, It is in the spirit of continuous improvement that I write… Continue reading

Letter: Goal of matching large donation met at event

Editor, I would like to extend a personal thank you to all… Continue reading

Letter: Road etiquette and safety is important and serious

Editor, I complain about this all the time and I do my… Continue reading

Letter: WIN thankful for support community has shown

Editor, Whidbey Island Nourishes, or WIN, is celebrating the generosity of local… Continue reading

Most Read