Does Constitution cover assault weapons?

September 6, 2012 

Over 200 years ago the Founding Fathers included the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution to allow American citizens to bear arms in order to maintain “a well regulated militia.” It is worth questioning the extent to which modern arms bearers actually are members of well regulated militias.

Also, could the early writers of this amendment possibly make the conceptual leap from dropping a single ball down the muzzle of a “Brown Bess” musket to an AR-15 assault rifle capable of firing 50 to 60 rounds a minute?

Further, the “Founders” might also wonder how a well regulated militia would allow a member, being treated for a serious mental disorder to further accumulate nearly 200 pounds of ammo, a 12-gauge shotgun and two Glock pistols.

In light of the mass murders we are experiencing today, perhaps we owe it to ourselves and the future of our society to explore the idea of being “well regulated” with respect to modern firearms. What we are currently doing does not seem to be working to our greater good.

Kurt Lemhouse York

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