Selective interpretation can distort intentions

info@islandpacket.comJune 24, 2013 

I was intrigued by the June 19 letter regarding the unchecked growth of government.

I agree that business is built on competition. Those same companies tend to be looking more and more monopolistic. Even Teddy Roosevelt, a Republican, (though I suspect today he would be labeled a RINO) believed in regulating monstrously huge corporations.

I, too, believe that sometimes government, from the federal level down to the local level, gets excessive at times. Democrats do it with spending programs that I find extraneous (corporate welfare for their favorites industries); Republicans do it with legislation that seems to run counter to their mantra of getting government out of people's lives, such as recent legislation requiring a woman to carry a fetus to full term despite the fact that the baby might be anacephalic and have zero chance of survival.

Where I part company with the writer is his desire to exercise his Second Amendment remedies. He closes by quoting the Second Amendment and stating, "Note in particular the word free." Why is it that the most ardent of Second Amendment supporters never seem to recognize the second and third words of that amendment -- "well regulated"?

The only regulation the National Rifle Association seems to want is zero regulation. The amendment was not written by Democrats itching to take away your gun, but by the Founding Fathers, not exactly flaming liberals if you ask me.

If only we could guess what they meant by those two words.

Jeff Stauffer

Dartmouth, Mass.

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