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"Arms" cannot be read other than "muskets." A conservative reading of the Constitution will not allow it.

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution reads as follows: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

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As a strict conservative, the language in the Constitution must be read as it was intended to be read when it was written. Therefore, "Arms" must be read as "muskets." There is no mention in the Second Amendment to guns, automatic guns or any other weapon of war. Specifically referring to "Arms," the right of the people to bear muskets shall not be infringed. We cannot impose a new meaning to "Arms" that refers to guns, tanks, bombs or any other weapon developed today. "Arms" cannot be read other than "muskets." A conservative reading of the Constitution will not allow it.

M. Donald Thomas

Millcreek