To the editor:
The framers include the Second Amendment for good reason as they feared a despot government and believed it necessary for its citizens to be armed it order to throw off the chains of tyranny. One only needs to look to the Declaration of Independence to see the mindset of the leaders of the period "But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.
There are those who maintain that the words the people in the Second Amendment does not actually mean individual citizens but refers to the National Guard or armed forces. I contend the the people in the Second Amendment has the same meaning as the people in the First, Fourth, Ninth, and 10th Amendments. Furthermore I will go on to point out the laws regulating the armed forces in Title 10 USC also show the people permitted to be armed are not just members of the organized Armed Forces of the United States, but include members of the unorganized militia; those not members of the Armed Forces. In fact all able bodied males 17-45 years of age are, by law, members of the unorganized militia.
TITLE 10 - ARMED FORCES.
Subtitle A - General Military Law.
PART I - ORGANIZATION AND GENERAL MILITARY POWERS.
CHAPTER 13 - THE MILITIA.
Sec. 311. Militia: composition and classes.
(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section.313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a.declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States.and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the.National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are -
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard.and the Naval Militia; and.
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of.the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the.Naval Militia.