Letters: I’m tired of people taking the Second Amendment out of context _lowres

In a Feb. 23, 2013, file photo, gun-rights activist Jotham holds a rifle and a sign with his daughter, Valina, 3, also carrying a gun, during a "National Day of Resistance" rally at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah. Valina said they were were there to show their support for the U.S. Constitution and the 2nd Amendment. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Excuse me, but I am tired of so many people taking the Second Amendment out of context and not quoting the entire statement. We have Faux News, the NRA, gun enthusiasts, several Louisiana legislators (most of them lawyers), a state Supreme Court judge and a candidate for governor all picking only part of the amendment to quote.

The Second Amendment actually says, “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,” and for those not familiar with what a militia was, it was equivalent to today’s National Guard.

Back in the 1700s, there was no standing army, so each state had a militia to protect citizens from insurrections and Indian attacks. During the revolution, the British army disarmed some of these militias because they were fighting against British rule.

Now that you have read this, do you think the Second Amendment says everyone has a right to buy an assault rifle or pistol which has a 30-round magazine? Do you think Louisiana should be subsidizing the purchase of these weapons of mass destruction by giving tax breaks?

Raleigh Jenkins

retired chemist

Greenwell Springs