Published on -3/29/2013, 8:49 AM
After reading the recent editorial in the Hays Daily News, concerning gun control, I decided to investigate further. In 2008, five U.S. Supreme Court justices rejected the view that the term "to bear arms" applies only to the military use of arms and upheld the individual rights, when interpreting the SecondAamendment. The four dissenting justices thought "the right to keep and bear arms" protects only a right to possess and use firearms in connection with service in a state-organized militia.
President Obama will be in office for the next three-plus years, to be followed by President Hillary Clinton for another eight years, thus all that is needed is to replace one or more justices, with a justice who agrees with the dissenting minority. Then the Second Amendment will be "reinterpreted" in favor of the "right to bear arms" as part of a government organized militia, not an individual right. It does not take an advanced degree in statistical calculation to figure that will happen with 100 percent certainty.
My first thought to meet the court requirement of belonging to a state-organized militia was the Kansas National Guard, but age 17 to 35 eliminated me, let alone the mention of the Army physical fitness test with sit-ups, push-ups and a 2-mile run. Upon further research, I discovered, during the Civil War, the state of Kansas had the 1st through 22nd Regiments Kansas Militia Infantry in the Union Army.
When the U.S. Supreme Court eliminates the individual "right to bear arms," I hope the Kansas governor, along with the approval from the Kansas Legislature, will reconstitute the Kansas Militia Infantry and allow Kansas citizens to join so we, the people, are not limited to a double-barreled shotgun, as espoused by Vice President Joe Biden.