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June 13, 2014 at 4:07 PM

School shootings: Second Amendment changes needed

This week, Americans learned of yet another shooting in a school, this time in Troutdale, Ore. [“Oregon high school graduates remember slain freshman,” Local News, June 13].

As we did after Sandy Hook and Seattle Pacific University, we will ask ourselves when will it be enough, and how can we stop these relentless murders? A legal mind has given us insight, if only we would listen.

Justice John Paul Stevens, in his book “Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change The Constitution” has suggested that the Second Amendment should be changed to read, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms when serving in the militia shall not be infringed.” That is what our founders intended. They did not intend for killers to enter schools and slay innocent students.

The Second Amendment is being misused and misrepresented by politicians who have been bought and paid for by the National Rifle Association. As Americans, we might as well get used to the slaughter, until we have the courage to amend the Second Amendment, and neuter the NRA.

Vincent Baldini, Issaquah

Comments | More in Gun control | Topics: National Rifle Association, Ore., Second Amendment

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