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GUNS: Let’s protect what founders intended

Letter by Kenneth E. Christopherson, Tacoma on Aug. 2, 2012 at 12:15 pm | 26 Comments »
August 2, 2012 12:59 pm

Did our Founding Fathers foresee assault rifles?

The Second Amendment granting the right to own guns was written about 1790. The right was to own a muzzle-loading, single-shot gun. In most cases, it would have been a rifle: Few people owned pistols. If they did, they were also single-shot and muzzle-loading.

There are those who insist on going back to “the original intent” of the Founding Fathers. I agree. If we do, then the only guns protected by the Second Amendment would be muzzle-loading, single-shot guns. The Founding Fathers sought to protect those guns, and those alone.

I learned this right from a very fine retired high school history teacher.

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