Reader: I don't want that in my hall closet 


It reads like this in the Second Amendment: "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."

I am wondering what well-regulated militia Nikolas Cruz was part of when he killed l7 in the Parkland, Florida, school shooting? Or the guy in Las Vegas who killed 58 and wounded 851? If this is a well-regulated militia, somehow that logic escapes me.

In 1789, when the amendment was written, it was a far different time. The muskets were not the AR-15s of our generation. I believe laws should change as society changes. I personally am very glad that women now have the right to vote and American Indians finally were able to cast ballots — even though they were the first Americans, that right was not granted until 1924. I enjoy beer and a single malt, and so I'm glad Prohibition is not around anymore.

To me, in order to fend off the enemy, both foreign and domestic, I would like those weapons to be stored in a state armory under lock and key and under the control of the National Guard.

I consider them to be a well-regulated militia. Any weapon that could deter a foreign invader, assault rifles, RPGs, grenades, I don't want in my hall closet.

Let's look to our north for starters. Canada has virtually no mass killings by guns, and yet their laws allow for hunting and recreational gun ownership. Australia made a welcome change, and the results have been very positive. Are we not able to do the same?

If you believe it is time for a change, let's follow the lead of the movement started by the brave children of Parkland and show up for our local March 24th gathering at Acacia Park [tinyurl.com/CS-march-for-lives].

— Jerry Bryant, Colorado Springs

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