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Letter to the Editor
Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
 

There are many statements such as the one quoted below with regard to the wording of the Constitution regarding gun rights — but this and other statements like it should dispel any arguments that the right to carry or own guns was intended by the Framers to be relegated only to the militia.

The word “people,” in other parts of the Constitution as well, specifically refers to individuals as “the people.”

Although the following statement was made to the Virginia Ratifying Convention of 1788 by Zacharia Johnson, I have no doubt that Mr. Johnson echoes the understanding of the Framers: “(T)he people are not to be disarmed of their weapons. They are left in full possession of them.”

Gilbert Dadowski

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