LETTER: 2nd Amendment should be respectedOn April 19, 1775, the central government marched troops to the towns of Lexington and Concord for the purpose of seizing the weapons from the people.
By: Jerome Gau, Rapid City
“I _____, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.”
This is the beginning of the oath of office for the president of the United States, members of Congress, and those joining the military of the United States. Also, most law enforcement oaths of office include such reference to the Constitution. Any person who takes this oath falsely is without honor and is one of the enemies the rest of us have sworn to defend against.
We can hope history will not repeat itself. On April 19, 1775, the central government marched troops to the towns of Lexington and Concord for the purpose of seizing the weapons from the people. That action was not a success; instead it sparked a revolution which swept aside the government in place and eventually established the United States of America. Only about one-third of the population participated in this revolution. In the United States, the majority cannot remove from the minority any rights that are protected by rule of law and the Constitution.
The Second Amendment 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 Supreme Court has upheld this individual right. No person or persons should attempt to remove from us who have taken this oath and became a part of this militia, the means to uphold our obligation to defend the United States of America.