On Facebook Laura asked:
So this just came up in a group I follow that there are only democratic candidates in Bethlehem so this individual doesn’t vote… one of the important issues to this group as a whole is 2nd ammendment rights…what are your views on 2A with your run for mayor?
To answer that I think it’s a good idea to look into exactly what the Second Amendment says.
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.
OK, so what’s a militia?
The United States Militia Code states:
(a) The militia of the United States consists of all able-bodied males at least 17 years of age and, except as provided in section 313 of title 32, under 45 years of age who are, or who have made a declaration of intention to become, citizens of the United States and of female citizens of the United States who are members of the National Guard.
(b) The classes of the militia are—
(1) the organized militia, which consists of the National Guard and the Naval Militia; and
(2) the unorganized militia, which consists of the members of the militia who are not members of the National Guard or the Naval Militia.
Based on the way the militia code is written, I believe that the spirit of it is to say that our militia is comprised of formal military groups like the National Guard and Naval Militia as well as “everyone else.” The Bill of Rights was created to protect the rights of individuals, and since everyone is essentially a member of the militia, I believe that the spirit of the Second Amendment is to say that every individual has the right to bear arms.
A gun is dangerous if you aren’t trained on how to use one, but driving a car is also dangerous if you aren’t taught how to drive. I believe that every citizen has the right to be a responsible gun owner and that the Second Amendment should be defended as we defend all other civil liberties.