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If I've "heard" it once, I've "heard" it a thousand times: "The Second Amendment was to guarantee the right of states to form militias, not individuals to bear arms."

Sorry folks, but that is not true. If that were true, then why did four of our founders say the following?

George Washington said in 1790, "A free people ought to be armed."

James Madison said, "Americans have the right and advantage of being armed — unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms."

Patrick Henry said, "The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun."

Samuel Adams said, "The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own guns."

If I've "said" it once, I've "said" it a thousand times: The Second Amendment is second to none. It is the safeguard of our Constitution and guarantees our God-given individual right to keep and bear arms.

Don't ever give up your firearms.

Jack Malone

Longview

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