• Hirosaki, Aomori


Recent letters concerning gun control may create the impression that the U.S. Constitution guarantees unlimited personal rights to keep and bear firearms for the purposes of armed insurrection.

While a casual, out-of-context reading of the second half of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution could lead to that impression, the first half of the amendment clearly refers to government regulation and state security, placing “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” in the context of the state militia system, which has evolved into today’s National Guard.

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