Letter: Second Amendment, Two Centuries Later
To the Editor:
I would like to share some thoughts with my fellow gun owners. It has been decided that the Second Amendment granted us the right to keep and bear arms. In context, our founding fathers gave us the right to keep and bear muzzleloading, smooth-bore flintlock arms, the predominant weapon of their time. Case in point: Picture the weapon Charlton Heston held aloft as he uttered the line about his “cold, dead hands.”
How can we, in the broadest stretch of the imagination, assume that more than two centuries’ worth of full-tilt weapons development is somehow grandfathered into the ancient document?
I would say that the modern arms available to us are not a right but rather an assumed privilege. That privilege is being terribly abused. As children, most of us learned that if we abused a privilege, we lost it.
Now what are we to do?