Founders would have applauded
Published: Saturday, February 2, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Updated: Wednesday, February 20, 2013
In his letter “Update needed” (Jan. 27 and TribLIVE.com), Robert R. Young wonders if the Founders would have amended the language of the Second Amendment had they known that firearms would evolve from one-shot varieties then to the multiple-shot firearms of today.
It is commonly accepted by persons familiar with the Founders' intent that the primary purpose of the Second Amendment was not to protect the people's right to shoot deer or targets, but to protect the people's right to be citizens free from a tyrannical or overbearing government. The Founders would probably have applauded modern semiautomatic, high-capacity firearms.
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It is also worth while to point out that the single shot muzzleloaders referred to in the previous letter were "state of the art" for that time period. There is no reason to think the founders would not want the citizens to have access to today's state of the art firearms.