Letter: The founders’ true intent
There can’t be a single person in the United States who considers him- or herself a real person who isn’t horrified by what happened in Newtown, Conn. The National Rifle Association, gun-control advocates and gun-rights advocates all go running to the Second Amendment. So let’s just do that – Justice Antonin Scalia would be proud.
Everybody knows what it says: the right to bear arms. Scalia says the “intents of the founders” is the only true interpretation of the Constitution. Let’s look at it from that viewpoint.
The right to bear arms. Why and what kinds? The latter is easier than the former. Let’s see: knives, slingshots, bows and arrows, swords, single-shot muzzle loaders (about as accurate as a spit ball thrown at a distance of 50 feet and hitting the broad side of a barn) and single-shot pistols (even less accurate). Oh, and of course, single-shot canons – but they were kind of hard to bear.
Why the right to bear arms?
1. We were a fledgling nation with a federal army about as effective as a screen door in a submarine. An armed citizenry – the NRA can tell you what that means.
2. We were an expanding nation; people needed arms not simply to defend themselves but also to put food on the table.
Our forefathers couldn’t have imagined rocket-propelled grenades, stinger missiles and, in a few short years, nuclear weapons that all can be borne.
So let’s give the NRA exactly what it wants. Let’s go exactly back to the intent of the Second Amendment: the right to carry knives, swords, bows and arrows, single shot rifles, pistols and slingshots.