Ensure that the right of the people to keep and bear arms be regulated

The United States is at a crossroads.  The 2nd Amendment must be enforced in its entirety.  The beginning of the 2nd Amendment is worded "A Well Regulated Militia" and, in total, reads at follows:  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.

U.S. citizens are earnest in their right to keep and bear arms.  Since the U.S. has adopted a militia through U.S. Military Reserve and the National Guard within each state, the need for a citizens' militia has been eliminated.  It is necessary to address the citizens' responsibilities to the United States as they retain their right to keep and bear arms under the responsibility of Well Regulated.

It shall be the duty of the U.S. Army Reserve, the national militia existing in the United States of America as of this time in our history and who are well regulated, to oversee regulation of the arms that exists within the United States held by it's citizens.  If Congress adopts a better suited oversight agency, and the President of the United States agrees, then that agency shall be the overseer of the following designed regulatory practices.  Regulation shall be instituted for permit issuance, licensing of firearm owners and registration of firearms.

The intent is not to remove the right of citizens to keep and bear arms for defense as held in Heller vs. D.C. (Supreme Court, 2010), but to create a method of regulation as remedy, as discussed in the prevailing decision in Heller vs. D.C.  A few states (i.e. Massachusetts and Hawaii) have exhibited regulatory practics that saves lives within their citizenry as exhibited by compelling evidence in FBI and CDC statistical data.  It is the effort of this petition to review their legislations for the greater good of the Citizens of the United States of America and adopt an acceptable set of firearm regulatory laws based upon these states' legislations so that the United States may begin to enjoy less firearm murders and firearm deaths. 

The prescribed effort must monitor improvements of firearm death rate and, in addition, firearm murder rate on no less than an annual basis on a per state and national basis.  The purpose of these regulations are to inventory the future sale of firearms within the United States and to engage in an effort to improve the total firearm death rate in the United States and, consequently, reduce the firearm murder rate within the Nation.  This information shall be shared with local law enforcement agencies as applicable. It will be acceptable to "grandfather" ownership of any firearm as of a certain date as deemed fit by Executive Order.

Dear U.S. Citizen,

This petition is to remedy the wrong direction the Nation has evolved in it's interpretation of the 2nd Amendment.  When General George Washington conducted his military operations, little supplies were provided by the Continental Congress.  The militia that joined his regular army were welcomed, but, because of little supplies, they brought weapons and ammunition.  In order to be ready for an engagement, it was imperative to take inventory of his regular army and militia.  What were the arms and munitions in his army and militia?  Without this information, failure could result.  His success depended on a well regulated army and a well regulated militia. 

Now, firearms are held without inventory, munitions are varied and both are used for lethal purposes and not for engagement as a militia.  It is time we went back to the heart of the purpose of the 2nd Amendment if our citizens are to remain armed and, at the same time, safe.  As of 2011, The United States had a firearm murder rate of 2.98 per 100,000 citizens and a total firearm death rate 10.1 per 100,000.  If the Nation simply instituted the use of the word "regulated" and put that word in action, as in other parts of the developed world, whose firearm murder and death rates are extraordinarily better than the United States, then, not just one, but many thousands of lives will be saved.

Thank You!


David Platts

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