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Letter: Enforcement of gun laws would help clear up debate

Enforcement of gun laws would help clear up debate

In regard to a July 2 letter concerning the Founding Fathers not foreseeing modern firearms, I must say I’m getting rather tired of hearing that argument. While it may be true, it is irrelevant to the gun control debate.

The Founders were mostly well-educated men who would certainly have been aware of the history of weapons. They would have seen the progression from stone axes to spears and swords, the development of the bow and arrow and the crossbow. They would have known about the advent of gunpowder, the introduction of cannons and the evolution, to their time, of firearms. To think that they would have believed that the development of arms would stop at what they had at that time is ludicrous at best.

If one takes the time to research the Founders’ writings on the right to keep and bear arms, it is logical to conclude that they intended for law-abiding citizens to have the right to possess the same type of firearms that the military uses. Today we are not talking about RPGs, bazookas, grenades and such. But rifles and handguns do fall under the “shall not be infringed” phrase in the Second Amendment. And that phrase means today what it meant then.

Swift, sure, severe consequences for the criminal misuse of a gun would do much more to stem the tide of violent crime than any past, current or future gun control proposal. We already have those laws and consequences in place, let’s start enforcing them.

Philip Kaczmarek