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2nd Amendment written in far different gun era

Deb Brunetti East Lyme

Publication: The Day

Published 12/29/2012 12:00 AM
Updated 12/28/2012 05:51 PM

The Second Amendment (1791) upholds "…the right of the people to keep and bear arms." Issues and arms were very different. Then, "the operator loads the gun with black powder followed by lead shot, wrapped in a piece of paper, rammed down with a ramrod."

Can you imagine that at Columbine, Aurora, and Newtown? In a recent interview, Larry Pratt, Gun Owners of America, opined that tragedies like Newtown wouldn't happen if teachers were armed, keeping loaded weapons on their bodies.

"A 2011 Gallup poll estimates that 47 percent of U.S. households own guns," meaning roughly half don't. Those of us who don't own firearms have no interest in using them; it's not in our DNA. I don't believe that most teachers' go-to response in an emergency would be to pull a loaded weapon. In what world outside of a war zone is it acceptable to have access to "Bushmasters," rapid-fire handguns, and magazines enabling thousands of rounds to be fired?

We are in a war zone and out of control. Heed the literal intent of the Second Amendment (arms befitting the era and issues) or invoke appropriate changes that restrict the types of weapons that are slaughtering innocent people. Please.

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