Wednesday letters: Firearms are far too accessible

February 5, 2014 

Recent shootings remind me of an adult class on the Bill of Rights in northwest Pennsylvania, land of hunters and gun owners. Class members wanted to discuss only the Second Amendment: “A 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.” One man pointed to a pamphlet that identified a militia as “any three men with a gun.”

All the amendments are subject to limitations, as in the First Amendment (one cannot shout “fire” in a crowded theater). I believe that easily accessible firearms contributed to the massacres in Connecticut and Colorado. The right to bear arms should be appropriately limited.

I doubt the class member who favored the “three men and a gun militia” would agree with me.

Janet O’Keeffe

Columbia

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