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Wed Aug 7, 2019, 04:51 PM

The Second Amendment solution to gun violence


That's why I want to share a solution that should resolve the logjam blocking sensible reform of gun ownership in this country one that by all rights should get overwhelming support among American patriots of both parties. I call it the "Military Induction for Licensing, Instruction and Training In Arms" Act the MILITIA Act for short.

The proposal is simple: Anyone purchasing a gun should be required to enlist for military reserve service, spanning the entire period of their gun ownership.

Under this proposal, being granted a handgun license would simultaneously and automatically register you to serve as a reservist in the Armed Forces branch of your choice it's that simple. And it should be that simple ... because it's what the framers intended.
Gun advocates tend to talk about the Second Amendment as if it provides the unlimited freedom for any individual to own and carry weapons. The actual language is very different: "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."

The literal language used in the Constitution focuses on the right to bear arms within the context of if, arguably, not solely limited by the security needs of our nation. As Republicans frequently proclaim, our armed forces are deeply under-resourced, with a 2017 survey showing interest in military service in decline, and the army finding it harder to meet their recruitment goals. Consider that, according to a 2018 national survey, there are an estimated one million new gun owners in the United States every year. That's just a fraction short of the size of our entire active military which across all services, counts about 1.3 million soldiers.

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