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Most people these days think we live in a democracy when the truth is we live in a constitutional republic. This means our government must govern in the framework of our constitution. This was done by our Founding Fathers because they feared a true democracy was as dangerous as a monarchy.

The Second Amendment is very clear when it says “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 believed the founders were very clear on the intent of the amendment. Under our constitutional republic, the amendments to the constitution protect our rights and the rights of an individual even when their ideas are in the minority. If my government comes to take my guns, they are violating one of my constitutional rights covered by the Second Amendment.

I believe our founders were very intelligent and knew that some future day a very few of our citizens would need refreshing on their thoughts, so let me close by citing a quote from one of our Founding Fathers, Samuel Adams: “The Constitution shall never be construed ... to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own Arms.”



William D. Shisler, White Plains