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GUNS: Rights aren’t limited to founders’ era

Letter by Bryan Schmick, Puyallup on April 23, 2013 at 12:26 pm | No Comments »
April 23, 2013 12:26 pm

Re: “Support access to 18th-century weapons” (letter, 4-23).

The writer suggests limiting gun ownership to what existed when the Second Amendment was written.

Does he feel this way about the other amendments? Should email, telephones and the Internet in general be banned? Should books and magazines only be printed using 18th-century technology?

The framers did not say the right was limited to muzzle-loading, single-shot weapons. I’m all for banning machine guns, cannons and bazookas along with guns for the incompetent. I’m all for a short waiting period and background check.

I do not need an 11-, 16- or 31-round magazine. I also don’t need fancy clothes, a nice car, the ability to eat out whenever I want or even the ability to read the local paper to find out what is happening. I do not need to know what is happening in the world or the latest celebrity faux pas. I do not need the ability to let others know what I think.

One of the nice things about our country is that it offers the ability to achieve so many of our wants.

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