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Second Amendment allows regulations

Some (unnamed person) in "two cents" claimed that assault weapons fit the bill for Second Amendment protection because "enemies of the people" most certainly will use them. Their point is obvious.

What is missed though is the "well regulated militia" part. Alongside the continental army, the militia played a big role in defeating the British. It appears to me that the assault weapons folks don't want any regulation. My question is: "to what extent can they really be useful without being well regulated? They haven't regulated themselves. Also for protection, should they be allowed to have chemical weapons at their unregulated disposal too? This ridiculously false narrative of "protection" needs to cease. These weapons of war are actually being used against and not for our protection.

Other countries have figured this fact out but thanks to the "constitutionalists” and the gullible NRA, we are 200-plus years behind in our thinking. Wasn't it radio personality Baxter Black who used to say "wake up America"? Well, let’s quit dreaming and pull our collective head out of the sand to see the real world.

Dave Freytag

Rapid City

It's time to wake up America

In political science class back in the Reagan years, America’s problem seemed to be apathetic citizens. We assumed that if people were more involved freedom, justice and equality would grow.

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We didn’t anticipate computers and container ships full of foreign goods undercutting incomes, nor the way those losses would conjure magical thinking. Some make sense of the world by rejecting scholarship and professional journalism in favor of web pages and talk shows pandering to fear and hostility. “My opinion is as good as yours” morphed into “my conspiracy theory is as good as your system of objective evidence.” The silly fringe got real when people took Trump seriously enough to vote for him. What will it take to release Americans from magical thinking? Maybe a trade war, an unnecessary threat from Trump’s inept management and narrow policy vision. Farmers and ag suppliers see potential sales evaporate due to Trump blundering.

For others, the bump against reality could be seeing military member relatives sent to unnecessary wars against North Korea and Iran, where a more skilled, less distracted administration would continue containment, creating room for evolution away from the magical thinking underlying the regimes of the Kims and the mullahs.

Peter Hasby

Rapid City  

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