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December 16, 2017

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Letter to the editor:

Amendment isn’t about individuals

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Why is there no leadership or courage among the media to take on the idiocy that the Second Amendment was specifically enacted to protect individual gun rights?

Every family owned guns in the 1700s to procure food and protect themselves from thieves or animals.

Why would the framers of the Constitution feel the need to protect something they already took for granted?

They didn’t.

The purpose of the amendment was to assure the 13 colonies that if the newly formed government did not prove to be favorable to some, they could break away, form their own militia and become an independent state.

Above all, these men who started our country were enlightened individuals.

If they came to the present time, looked around and saw all of the modernity — stores stocked with food, multiple methods of transportation and communication advances — they would quite simply ask: “Why do you need guns?”

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