- Owner of Mary Jane Burgers & Brew in Perryville to open new culinary concept in Cape (9/15/17)3
- Man accused of setting fire to Delta bar; posted photos of it burning on Facebook (9/17/17)5
- McClure man accused of leaving children in hot truck while gambling in casino (9/19/17)1
- How the story of one dog is helping others (9/14/17)1
- Eyewitnesses testify about fatal shooting; men were using drugs, alcohol (9/14/17)
- Jury finds Harris guilty of murder, 3 other counts (9/15/17)4
- Retailer may come to Jackson; rezoning needed first (9/17/17)2
- New boutique store advocates for special-needs people (9/19/17)
- Planet Fitness to anchor Town Plaza shopping center (9/18/17)2
- Mo. conservation agents help fight fires in western U.S. (9/15/17)
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.