John Franchy's letter ("More restrictive gun laws are not the answer," Dec. 20) was myopic in its views and his ideas as antiquated as the weaponry that the founding fathers considered when they wrote of the Second Amendment's "right to keep and bear arms." A trained minuteman could load, aim and fire three rounds per minute. An M16-A1 can fire 45-60 rounds per minute on semi-automatic and has a cyclic rate of 750 rounds per minute on fully automatic. No, Mr. Franchy, they aren't for hunting deer. They are for slaughter.
The Bill of Rights was written when the 13 colonies were, for the most part, a wilderness. James Madison was referring to the "tyranny and oppression" of Great Britain, from whom independence had been achieved little more than a decade previous. Do you think Thomas Jefferson meant that the "tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood" of 20 six-year-olds? Mr. Madison and Mr. Jefferson were also slave owners. Should we adhere to their beliefs on slavery as well or recognize them as "American values" of a far less humane time?
The Second Amendment says nothing about the rights of citizens to protect themselves from their own government when it's no longer "By the People...." I guess Mr. Franchy thinks that's what
Misguided paranoia like that of
Jim Kirby, Baltimore