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DEBT: Jefferson had thoughts on that, too

Re: “2nd Amendment could stand updating (letter, 2-21).

The letter writer took a quote from a letter to Samuel Kercheval from Thomas Jefferson, presumably to support the notion that the Second Amendment needs to be changed. The following from the letter speaks volumes to the current state of the union, and it isn’t about the 2nd Amendment.

Jefferson wrote that “we must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty, or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debts, as that we must be taxed in our meat

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GUNS: 2nd Amendment could stand updating

Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1816: “Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them, like the ark of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. I also know that laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. We might as well require a man to wear still the coat which fitted him when he was a boy.”

The age of the musket has long been surpassed by the scientific improvements to the gun. The Second Amendment, which went into effect in 1791, has not kept pace with present-day advances. It may

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EUGENE ROBINSON: Columnist needs history lesson

Re: Eugene Robinson column 8-17

Rather than just accepting the Obama spin-machine version of the history of the Ramadan dinner at the White House, perhaps columnist Eugene Robinson should have done some fact checking.

Thomas Jefferson invited a representative of the Barbary Pirates (not the Tunisian ambassador – Tunis was a member of the Ottoman Empire and referred to as a Barbary State). This “country” survived by attacking shipping in the Mediterranean and were known as the Barbary Pirates. The main purpose of their attacks was to capture Christian slaves for the Islamic market in North Africa and the

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