In the December issue of Guns & Ammo, editor Dick Metcalf uses his Backstop column to argue that the rights guaranteed in the Second Amendment can be infringed.

Time to cancel your subscriptions, Guns and Ammo Editor Dick Metcalf has penned an editorial for their December issue that will be leaving fans in shock; he’s supporting gun control. Metcalf claims there is a large difference between regulation,  (well-regulated militia) and a direct infringement of civil rights, he has made this distinction the premise of his claims.

“I bring this up,” he wrote, “because way too many gun owners still believe that any regulation of the right to keep and bear arms is an infringement. The fact is that all Constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, and need to be.”

The full editorial is posted at Free Patriot. It comes out in the next issue.

Reaction on G&A’s forum is running strong against Metcalf so far, with many of the magazine’s readers pointing out that Metcalf has badly misunderstood the phrase “well-regulated militia” in the Second Amendment, and ignored “shall not be infringed” at the end of it.

“Well-regulated” in the late 18th Century, when the Second Amendment was written, is not referring to government regulating anything. It meant well armed, well organized or well drilled.

“Shall not be infringed” should speak for itself.