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Jochim: Second Amendment editorial cartoon right on target

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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013 1:49 pm | Updated: 9:56 am, Thu Aug 29, 2013.

My complements to the artist who did the cartoon (Opinion page of the Jan. 13 edition of the AFN) of our Founding Fathers on the wording of the Second Amendment — it was right on target. That cartoon speaks volumes about what has happened to the original intent of the amendment over the course of history.

I quote here the actual wording of the Second Amendment: “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.” As ratified by the States and authenticated by Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State.

If I understand the origins of the Second Amendment it was intended to guard individuals against repressive government, to reserve the right to form a militia, and to defend one’s self. But guess what, we live in an age of predator drones and laser guided munitions. The Bushmaster.223 is not a reasonable defense from the government, nor is it a realistic form of self defense while walking to your car. I don’t think anyone advocates the Second Amendment right for hunting deer with an automatic weapon.

Bottom line: I have a difficult time imaging the rationale for individual ownership of a weapon designed for mass killing of humans.

• Jim Jochim has lived in Ahwatukee Foothills for 17 years.

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