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Reader Input: Understand what?

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Mr. (Ron) Lowe, before you accuse the NRA of lying, please know the facts (“Understand amendment II,” Reader Input, Feb. 1).
On June 26, 2008, the United States Supreme Court, in the case of the District of Columbia v. Heller, ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess firearms unconnected with militia service in a militia.
And, the Court said, an individual may own and use firearms for lawful purposes, including self-defense.
Further, in 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in McDonald v. Chicago: an individual’s right to keep and bear arms is applicable to the states.
Last week, during U.S. Senate hearings on gun violence, New York’s Sen. Charles Schumer, not exactly a pro-gun advocate, said that an individual’s right to keep and bear arms was now “established law.” Sorry, Mr. Lowe, your spin on “amendment II,” while you are entitled (amendment I) to say it, missed and misinformed by a wide mark.
The Second Amendment is quite clear … private American citizens do have the right to own and use firearms. I urge all who exercise this right, to do so responsibly.
TOM HAYDON, Auburn