It would seem one of your regular contributors to the letters to the editor section of The Daily Advance has proven his ignorance of the definition of words as well as the wording and facts of the Constitution.
In a letter that appeared in your Feb. 5th edition, “Robbery shows why guns needed,” the writer states that “the Second Amendment is immutable.” No, it isn’t. Immutable means “not capable of susceptible to change.” The fact that the Constitution can be amended (or amendments can be repealed as in the 18th) is proof of this alone. The fact that it’s name; “Second Amendment” alone decrees that it was once a change or addition also proves this point.
Now as for the writer’s view of the Second Amendment, it once again is utterly out of touch with an actual reading of it. He only cites one part of it for his argument: “The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Here is the whole amendment, as ratified by the states: “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.”
Notice the words “militia” and “security of a free state?” If the reader was familiar with historical facts and clauses 15 and 16 to the Constitution, he would see that a militia was not referencing the local gun club — as the rhetoric of our day seems to allude to. And as for security of a free state? I will just copy clause 15 of the Constitution for your readers: “The Congress shall have Power To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions.” Please notice it does point out insurrections. Note of historical reality here: no government in all of history ever thought its citizens should be allowed to shoot back.
Basically this reader has decided that the thought of a his possible dystopian views becoming our future seems to be more important than the current dystopian reality that has played out in Aurora, Colo.; Newtown, Conn.; Tucson, Ariz., and dozens of other places.