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Letter: Gun control doesn’t disregard the Constitution

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Aaron Turner, a concealed firearms instructor, fires his Glock 19X handgun as he poses for photos at Legacy Shooting Center in West Jordan on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. The Utah Legislature is looking to do away with the concealed carry permit requirement.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

Every year more than 30,000 U.S. citizens die because of murder or suicide, and guns injured more than 2,000 of them. Between 2014 and 2019, the number of people killed during mass shootings was 2,083.

The Second Amendment states: “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.” It seems like guaranteeing the individual rights to bear guns was not the intention of the Second Amendment. If this interpretation is accurate, establishing higher requisites to own a pistol or limit its access is not against the law.

Avoiding acting on this matter could increase the risk of a bigger problem in the U.S. population. The country is dealing with different circumstances than those of the early days. If gun laws are more restrictive, they could prevent mass shootings.

Wilson Martinez