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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.

Bill Soost

Bellevue

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