Letters to the Editor

Founding Fathers could not imagine automatic weapons

After reading about the series of mass killings in the United States over the past three years, I decided to re-read the Second Amendment of our Constitution. The Second Amendment was ratified back in 1791, 224 years ago.

It states that “A well regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to bear arms shall not be infringed.” Since we had just won our independence, its obvious intent was to protect our newly founded republic from foreign enemies. The firearms of that time were muzzle-loaded, single-shot muskets and revolvers. Our Founding Fathers could not have imagined the profusion of deadly automatic weapons that are easily available today everywhere in the U.S.

Promoted by gun dealers and the National Rifle Association as “protection,” automatic weapons leave us a trail of tens of thousands of deaths every year. The NRA should abide by its name and promote single-action rifles as a mean of protection in our homes. Otherwise it should change its name to the Automatic Weapons Association.

Saul Eskin, Fresno