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The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America (emphasis mine): “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.”

Access to firearms in America is not well regulated. We do not have universal background checks. People can buy semi-automatic weapons that are of little use for hunting. And they can then legally purchase “bump stocks” that effectively turn the semi-automatic weapons into virtual automatic weapons.

I suggest these solutions: 1. Ban “bump stocks.” 2. Ban the sale of “assault” or “assault-style” weapons to the general public. 3. Require universal background checks for all guns sales. 4. Require registration and licensing of all firearms and all firearms users.

The reality that almost anyone can legally purchase assault weapons and bump stocks does not make me feel more secure, it makes me feel less secure and more threatened. And the purpose of the Second Amendment is to create “the security of a free State.”

My support in the upcoming elections will go to the candidates who support more “well regulated” gun laws.

Rev. Ira Robison (retired),

The United Methodist Church,


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