Isn't it time to stop using the Second Amendment as an excuse for refusing to come together as a nation to solve a problem that continues to threaten the lives and security of so many innocent civilians? ["New bloodbath, same old debate," Opinion, Oct. 6]

I keep rereading the amendment: "Right To Bear Arms: 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."

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The Second Amendment was ratified in 1791. More than 200 years ago, our country was a very different place, still emerging from the Revolutionary War. The right of the people to keep and bear arms was clearly tied to the perceived necessity to maintain a well regulated militia.

In 2015, the well-established branches of our armed forces, and local and state police, are all that we need to ensure the security of a free state.

Victor Caliman, South Huntington