Re "Blind spot in crusade for rights" (Dan Walters, Sept. 1): Dan Walters laments legislative Democrats' assault on hunters' rights guaranteed in the Constitution. The Constitution does no such thing.
The Second Amendment contains two clauses; the NRA only cites one because the other significantly changes the amendment's meaning. Here's the entire amendment: "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."
For 100-plus years, U.S. courts ruled the amendment only gave the right to bear arms to state militias, important when citizen soldiers needed their muskets. Individual gun ownership was never enumerated until Republicans on the high court, in a 2008 opinion by Justice Antonin Scalia, reinterpreted the amendment. How odd those conservative justices such as Scalia, who slavishly adhere to the founders' original intent, abandoned the explicit meaning of this amendment adopted in 1789.
-- Marc Grossman, Sacamento