- A Whopper of an honor: Local company named top Burger King franchisee (11/15/17)3
- Decisions coming soon on steel mill, smelter in New Madrid (11/17/17)1
- Cape attorney Brandon Cooper to run for judge (11/20/17)2
- State audit: Bollinger County tax levies violate state law; county commission disagrees (11/17/17)3
- Cape native co-directs Thanksgiving-related indie film, 'Drinksgiving' (11/17/17)
- The Tungsten Groove to release first album featuring original songs (11/17/17)
- Southern Illinois farmer's grapevines destroyed by dicamba; four years of work lost (10/29/17)2
- 1 dead, 3 hurt in accident on Highway 72 (11/19/17)
- Son of Westboro Baptist Church patriarch discusses abuse, faith (11/15/17)6
- Crowell leads effort to cut low-income tax credits in Missouri (11/19/17)6
The right of ordinary citizens
To the editor:
Recently John C. Bierk of Cape Girardeau took the U.S. Supreme Court to task for granting us all (with restrictions) the right to keep and bear arms instead of limiting that right to a militia. My dictionary shows its first definition of "militia" as "an army composed of ordinary citizens rather than professional soldiers." So who in our Founding Fathers' day would make up that army? It would be anyone not too young, too old or too disabled to serve in a militia. What that not be the same today?
Any of us should be able to answer a call to duty should conditions be such that we needed to defend ourselves from a government seeking to deprive us of our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That is all that our government is empowered to do, other than protect our coin and borders, in the first place. Are we not, then, those who would make up a needed militia? Are we not the ordinary citizens who have a right to keep and bear arms?
LARRY BRADEN, Sikeston, Mo.