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I am puzzled as to why Cathy Dyson would think that people need to gain understanding of gun owners ["Up close and personal on guns," Feb. 17]? Is there something wrong with owning a gun? The citizens who purchase guns spend their money on what they desire, like you and me. They are owners just like any owner. You could ask them why they own a dog, car, or house. You may ask why they own more than one dog, car, or house. The answer is simple: Because people have a right to do so. They have a right to life, liberty, or property without due process (14th Amendment).
The Bill of Rights pertains to the states, and federal intervention has no authority according to the 10th Amendment. States govern whether or not to issue a conceal-carry permit to gun owners. Law-abiding citizens should and do have the right to protect themselves. The language of the Second Amendment spells it out clearly. Currently, we have no need for a militia (we defer to the police or National Guard) but the future is always changing. The Second Amendment's "shall not be infringed" solidifies our right to bear arms.
In order to lawfully change the Second Amendment and not infringe on the rights of citizens, you need two-thirds of House of Representatives votes, two-thirds of Senate votes, and three-fourths of the states votes (not executive order) to append and/or change an amendment in the Bill of Rights. Never take what is said for granted, research it!