Reader Input: Meaning is in interpretation

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Thank you Geary Tiffany and Ed Scotten, for illustrating my points (Reader Input, Jan. 6).
Geary Tiffany: This is not a contest about our war records or NRA shooting classification. This is a quest for truth. Your demonization of the Republican Party and the arms/ ammunition industry is pure politics.
Ed Scotten: Yes, the words of the 2nd Amendment make no sense if you use the incorrect interpretation of “well regulated.”
“Militia” meant all the people capable of bearing arms. Let’s look at the amendment the revisionist, anti- gun crowd use to make us believe the right applies only to the militia when called to duty: A militia with restrictions as necessary on firearms, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of these militia people to keep and bear arms shall not be restricted. You were right.
This interpretation makes no sense. The correct interpretation means what was intended: The right of the people of the United States to keep and bear arms shall not be restricted by the federal government. Read about the problems with firearms manufacture, repair, and attitudes of the people of those times and “well regulated” will become clearer. Now you are less likely to become a tool of tyrants, if you so desire.
Walter F. Drysdale M.D., Auburn