By Ron Gaddis

Disagrees with letter writer

In response to Victor Reilly’s letter from April 16, Reilly needs to do his research.

He states that “our only militias are not public,” rather ”fringe,” aka: right-wing militias (my take). Next, to make his progressive point, he only uses the first part of the second amendment to suit his argument. My lord, it’s only one sentence. He left out “...the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Next, he states “such militias haven’t existed for two centuries ... so why fret

about them?”

Here’s why:

1. James Madison’s explanation of the second amendment in Federalist {paper} 46: “To the point of ensuring no standing federal army can exceed 1/25th of militia, ensuring defeat of said army. (Reference third paragraph of the Declaration of Independence to the people’s right to overthrow a destructive government.)

2. South Carolina Code of Laws, December 2012 amended, S 25-1-60 states, “definition of the 3 levels of “current” militias. Both Reilly and I are members of the unorganized militia. Ironic.

3. S 25-1-1890, when the Governor shall activate the “unorganized militia”.

4. Check pending SC Senate Bill 247 for new provisions for our responsibilities.

5. Check “Efficiency of Militia Bill H.R. 11654, passed by Congress on June 6. 1902.

6. “The Right to Keep & Bear Arms Report”, U.S. Senate Judiciary Sub-committee, 97th Congress in Feburary 1982, with references to militias, et al, under Title 10 U.S. Code 311 (a).

Reilly would further circumvent the Constitution by eliminating a Constitutional Convention, to just “pass a law”.

If his first amendment right to communicate his views were tampered with, he’d scream bloody murder.

Ron Gaddis