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Response to letter

On the topic of whether the Second Amendment applies to the right to keep and bear “any weapons whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose,” I would agree that there are some limitations, but those limitations are established by the words “keep and bear,” in the Second Amendment. Those words mean “own and carry.” One cannot carry a tank, for example. Therefore one may not own a tank.

The non-specific nature of the Second Amendment is its beauty and power to last down through the ages. It guarantees that the people must be allowed to own and carry weapons at least equal to those of the government’s armed forces. Why? Because when well trained as a militia, the people, having equal firepower, may have a fair chance to be successful in rising up against the armed forces of an unjust government, and by doing so, secure once again the right to live in a free state.

I pray it will never be necessary, but if we allow our politicians to continue playing fast and loose with our Constitution and abuse due process of law, another Revolutionary War may be inevitable. It is a true saying that if we don’t learn from history we are bound to repeat it.

Don Mauer, Piercefield

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