In the April 2 issue of the Davison Index, the letter to editor entitled “The Right to Bear Arms is not “God-Given” I find fault with the authors out of context use of the first four words of the Second Amendment, which is ” 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.”
These are two separate statements of what shall not be infringed a well-regulated militia, shall not be infringed and the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed. It does not say the people need to be part of that militia to be entitled to this right. It also does not say who shall regulate said militia.
I find all too often bad arguments are made by quoting out of context remarks or texts. I do agree with her it is not a ‘God-Given” right, but is a right earned by patriots such as Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, George Washington and Patrick Henry to name a few.
A right that has been inherited to us, their descendants. It is not only up to us to protect their legacy. It is our responsibility to do so. — Thomas L. Bateman, Davison Township