No draft is needed |

No draft is needed

Aspen Times writer

Dear Editor:Amendment 11 to the Constitution of the United States of America: “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.”Militia defined – a military force, especially one raised from the civil population and supplementing a regular army in an emergency.It seems that the Founding Fathers intended that the “well regulated Militia” be in the first line of defense if we were attacked.Congress is reported to be considering reinstating the draft. The Army is planning an involuntary recall of retirees and others who have served their time. The Pentagon has already extended the terms of the National Guard and reserves, as well as of active members of the armed forces.There are groups of U.S. residents who are ardent proponents of the Second Amendment. We have groups of gun-ownership advocates who are knowledgeable about their weapons: automatic, single shot, all types.Why not provide these earnest advocates/proponents of the Second Amendment with transportation, body armor, ammunition, food and clothing and give them the opportunity to show their mettle against terrorists, wherever they may be. Front-line leaders should easily be found within Congress and gun-advocate groups. Many seem to be experts on the Second Amendment and weaponry.Please note: Opportunity to serve should be extended first to those who have not previously served. The first candidates should be the elected members of Congress who are Second Amendment supporters. We should get a good turnout, since so many strongly support the war. You may recall that some of this group were unable to serve in the past because all of the “spaces” were taken by minority group members, some form of reverse discrimination, I guess. Next in line should be the 4 million-plus pro-gun group members, particularly those who did not serve in the past. Finally, the eligible children of the members of Congress. No one should be excluded because of sex. Poor physical condition should not deter anyone from serving. After all, “Mission Accomplished!” We just need soldiers to fill spaces until the Iraqis are in complete control.If only 10 percent of the aforementioned groups answer the call to duty, we could have over 400,000 fresh troops. Ergo, no draft will be needed!Jack SebestaCarbondale

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