The debate over gun control versus gun rights has been perverted beyond belief. This conflict has absolutely nothing to do with the Second Amendment to the Constitution. Anyone who knows anything about the history of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights knows that the Second Amendment was about citizens having the right to bear arms and confront an oppressive government, as the colonists did against the British.
The two opposing sides in the gun debate continue to apply the wrong justification to a long-standing right that is guaranteed by the Constitution. The current debate should instead be about the First Amendment and the individual rights it guarantees to all citizens. The bottom line is that we all have “unalienable rights” to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” so the right to own a weapon is clearly protected by the Constitution.
While we can argue over the kinds of weapons we own and how any weapon should or should not be allowed or controlled, both sides need to stop using the Second Amendment to support their respective positions on weapons’ ownership and control.
Dale City, Va.