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Gun-owning is not a right

What is the strange fascination Utahns have with guns? One would think that a state with such a religious foundation -- with no historically significant gun culture -- would not have allowed itself to fall so totally under the thrall of the National Rifle Association and its silly, bogus dedication to gun rights under the Second Amendment.

If it were not for its more serious ramifications, the gun nuts' insistence of their Second Amendment right to carry a concealed weapon into a school, or church, would be the most comic of all our American peculiarities.Is it selective blindness or simple NRA brainwashing that causes all these armed wackos to throw reason to the wind, lop off the second sentence of the Second Amendment and only quote the first sentence when they robotically proclaim, "The right of the people to own and bear arms shall not be infringed"? They conveniently forget the part about the militia?

More than 60 years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court (United States vs. Miller) stated that unless the person who owns a firearm can show "some reasonable relationship to the preservation or efficiency of a well regulated militia," or "that its use could contribute to the common defense," their ownership of a firearm fell outside protection of the Second Amendment.

There may be other excuses for owning a firearm, but it isn't the Second Amendment.

Max Mason Brown

Sarasota, Fla.