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February 10, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: Feb. 10, 2013

Regulation needed in a free society

For those who contend that anyone with a gun can protect others, operating a gun requires only the ability to grasp and wiggle a finger. A game controller requires more cognitive ability because one must determine which of several buttons to push.

As virtually no cognitive ability is needed to operate a gun, let’s use chimpanzees with 100-round assault rifles for school guards. With grasping feet, chimpanzees can shoot with all four appendages, and if Darwin prevails, monkeys with guns might evolve into rational beings. I intend no disrespect to the great apes.

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. Too many focus on the latter part rather than the first. In colonial times, soldiers were Regulars, who were trained and drilled for military operations under government direction. Through the U.S. Constitution, our forefathers created a free state and a new free society. They recognized that trained armed forces were essential to its security. This has not changed.

Nothing in the Second Amendment even remotely suggests that security is to be by untrained individuals. Well regulated means today what it meant two centuries ago. Regulations, proficiency standards that when met qualify one for the job, are essential to the security of our free state.

In a regulated, free state such as ours, persons meet regulations, requirements, standards, qualifications for the job, whether it be driving, soldiering, policing, medicine, engineering or even flipping burgers. Ours is a regulated society. Without regulation there is anarchy and no freedom. Your freedom, rights and security are assured by a society that develops and conforms to its own regulations, not by monkeys wiggling fingers on 100-round assault rifles.

— William Adams

Terre Haute

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