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BAD GRAMMAR DIDN’T CREATE GUN DEBATE To the editor: An item in the Inadmissible column of March 12 (“ Circuit Says D.C. Gun Ban Unconstitutional,” Page 3) describes the Second Amendment as “ungrammatical.” In fact, “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed” parses just fine, and “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state” is an unobjectionable nominative absolute that means, “[Because] a well-regulated militia [is] necessary . . .” The degree to which a preamble of purpose should inform the interpretation of the actual text of a law is an interesting issue, especially when the preamble is arguably no longer true, but grammar has nothing to do with it. Van Smith Chevy Chase, Md.

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