I have to thank Mr. Edward Doolin of Vacaville for his very funny letter to the editor, “Second Amendment means what it says,” on Jan. 17.
I have never heard the Second Amendment defined in so creative a manner. From his perspective, “well-regulated” means provisioned or armed. Does this mean folks can either be provisioned or armed, but not both? If we choose provisioned, is the government responsible for feeding us, i.e., keeping us provisioned? He goes on to state that arms are not limited to rifles and shotguns, so I guess it’s OK to carry hidden pitchforks without worrying about retribution.
In today’s society, a well-regulated militia is the U.S. armed forces and not individual gun nuts or paranoid survivalist groups.
To clarify a point, I’m not proposing banning pistols and rifles, merely that they need to be regulated. The Supreme Court agrees with me on this point. If folks are concerned about a “tyrannical government” agency counting your guns, then create a citizens group to manage this function.
We need to have some serious dialogue about this.