The Second Amendment, passed by Congress in 1789, entitled “Bearing Arms” reads: “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.”
The "arms" used back then were muskets, rifles that were initially single-shot, muzzle-loading weapons that required hammering projectiles with a ramrod and mallet into the bore of the barrel, and usually handled by two persons fired from a portable rest.
The framers couldn’t envision the “progress” we have made in our modern weaponry. The downside to progress is the use of the modern military equipment like the semi-automatic rifle and high capacity magazines by a small number of civilians who choose to hunt and kill adults and children in a cruel sacrificial fashion with no remorse.
It bears repeating that many of us do not wish to burden law-abiding sportsmen and antique gun collectors with unnecessary regulations.
But establishing and maintaining a national fighting force is one of the responsibilities the framers gave to Congress. The problem is that the framers’ use of the word militia today often refers to a civilian military force that engages in rebel or terrorist activities in opposition to the regular Army.
I remain committed to asking Congress to:
- Provide resources for state-of-the art technological improvements to strengthen law enforcement’s capabilities for tracking and closing background check loopholes.
- Ban the civilian purchase of military-style assault weapons and high capacity magazines.