I shall enter into the gun discussion with my interpretation of the second amendment. I am not a lawyer, I am, however, a naturally born citizen of the United States of America who has served in the Untied States of America during time of war, who attended college on the GI Bill of Rights, who has voted in all national elections and most local elections, who has served on both civil juries and Grand Juries, and who is been active as a citizen for 85 years retiring from the Petrochemical Industry as a Principle Mechanical Designer from a major Engineering Corporation at age 65. I fell I have the right and authority to read, understand and intemperate the Articles of The Constitution of the United Sates of America as one who was and still is sworn to protect from all enemies, foreign of domestic. So, here is how I understand the Second Amendment of our Constitution:


The only purpose for a gun is to kill. The hunter kills his game. The soldier kills his enemy. The terrorist kills the innocent. They all have one thing in common; they use a gun with which to kill. It is true that many find security in having a gun to defend themselves from a gun in another's hand. Others wish the gun only to put food on the table or to kill lions, tigers, bears, and rattle snakes.

With security in mind, the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States does protect the right of Citizens to keep and bear arms, however, it does require and provide for regulation:

The Constitution of the United States of America:

Article I (Article 1 - Legislative)
Section 8
1: The Congress shall have Power To...
15: To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions;
16: To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;
17: To exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases whatsoever, over such District (not exceeding ten Miles square) as may, by Cession of particular States, and the Acceptance of Congress, become the Seat of the Government of the United States, and to exercise like Authority over all Places purchased by the Consent of the Legislature of the State in which the Same shall be, for the Erection of Forts, Magazines, Arsenals, dock-Yards, and other needful Buildings;—And
18: To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.
Article II (Article 2 - Executive)
Section 2
1: The President shall be Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States; he may require the Opinion, in writing, of the principal Officer in each of the executive Departments, upon any Subject relating to the Duties of their respective Offices, and he shall have Power to grant Reprieves and Pardons for Offences against the United States, except in Cases of Impeachment.
Amendment II
"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."

By looking at the Amendment closely, it is clear that our founding fathers had in mind the "Minute Man" who served along with General Washington's Regular army, both of whom would serve in a well regulated Militia. Since that time, one can add to the "well regulated militia" the State Police, the Local Police, the FBI, the Secret Service, and the Military Active Reserve. Article 1, section 8, numbers 15, 16, 17, and 18 gives Congress the power to regulate guns. Artile 2, section 2 number 1 gives teh Presdent the power to enforce gun regulations.

With very little stretch of the imagination, all law abiding citizens who are registered gun owners can be considered a member of "A well regulated Militia". All of these Citizens become governed by regulations. With a thorough background investigation, gun registration and licensing each citizen can be deputized to be auxiliary police or auxiliary deputy sheriff. Of course, the gun bearing Citizen would need to be "sworn in" just as we who served in the military were sworn in. In this manner, there would be absolutely no Constitutional question as to the citizen's right to keep and bear arms.

The object of all the gun control efforts are to keep the gun out of the hands of criminals and mentally deranged persons. It is not to remove the gun from the hands of law abiding Citizen who may need to defend themselves from the criminal element. However, the Citizen must realize the dangers of carrying a gun, and he or she must, also, understand that he or she have no need for military type weapons in order to defend his or her home. Let's let the regular Militia who are especially trained to use such have the military weapons.

Of course, regardless of what measures are taken and just as auto mobile regulations do not prevent abuses, neither will any gun regulations, regardless of how restrictive, prevent abuses. There well always be that very small, disgruntled, crazed segment of society that will use whatever weapon or devise they can find to cause lethal harm to others, be it a knife, a bomb, or a gun. There is not any law, regulation or method of control which can prevent insane actions by determined terrorists or criminals. All we can do is be vigilant and pray that our various law enforcement arms can detect and act to prevent the school massacres and the tragedies such as with 911. For these, we have no choice but to depend upon or governmental law enforcement, both national and local. Common sense must prevail. It is not a political issue, it is a National Security issue.

Now let's see if we can get this to our Senators and Representatives and let them add their thoughts. If our Gonverner really means what he said yesterday, perhaps he should include it is his round tables as well. I know that the NRA, the Tea Party, and the Trumpites will reject it first hand without even consdering the truth that is contains. Oh, and BTW, the "right to keep" can mean to keep in an Armory or, at least, the amunition, retrievable for hunting, etc. After all, that is how our weapons assigned to us while in the Military is kept. And the "Right to bare arms" is not denied to one's sex nor to ones sexual orientation. Thus, the Female and the Homosexual are both given the right to serve in the Militia, thus the Military, since that right is given to all Citizens.

These are my thoughts on the subject.
Charles H. Tankersley