Re "Congress is biggest obstacle to sane gun laws" (Editorials, Dec. 28): The editorial says that America cannot resolve our gun crisis without returning to the Supreme Court's misinterpretation, a half-century ago, of the Second Amendment.
Let's again read its first 12 words about "A well regulated militia being necessary for a free state." But the court chose to ignore that context by the founders and turned this into a radically individualist right.
On re-reading the entire amendment, I come up with this: In each state, the militia -- the National Guard -- should control, register and issue lethal arms to citizens who apply for specific, stated purposes. Annually it must inspect them and find them still in the hands of the original applicant.
This will sound radical today, but not so to the founders.
-- Dale M. Heckman, Davis