LETTER: Where is the limit?

Mar. 30, 2013 @ 05:00 AM

To the Editor:

“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.”

I hear certain individuals who want gun legislation to pass making statements like, "The Second Amendment is not unlimited" or "There are restrictions to the Second Amendment." My question is, where is that limit of how far our government can restrict one's Second Amendment right?

I've never heard anyone state how far the government can go with restricting one's right to keep and bear arms! It seems to me that everyone loves to argue about what the writers of the Second Amendment intended, but people want to ignore the fact that government has continually added restrictions to one's right to keep and bear arms throughout the years. The writers of the Second Amendment were so specific they only used 27 words in a single sentence! Yet we find ourselves many years later arguing what these very words mean, and secondly, arguing just how much the government can infringe upon one's right without overstepping that right.

It is a sad state of affairs to see how big our government has gotten. I think anyone with any logic at all can clearly see that the U.S. government of today is very far from what our founding fathers envisioned while fighting for our freedom and building our country.

Again, I ask, exactly where is the limit on how far our government can infringe on one's right to keep and bear arms?

Jeremy Cleary
Sanford