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Second Amendment intent

By From page A5 | February 22, 2013

EDITOR:

In relationship to the Second Amendment, a gun fired in 1776 required that you put powder in the pan, stuff a ball down the barrel, use a piece of flint to ignite the powder, then shoot. This procedure took from 30 to 60 seconds. Also, the country depended on the militia to support and defend it, so it had to be armed.

Fast forward to 2013. Now we have arms that shoot, let’s say, at least 1,000 times faster than our old muzzle loader. We have a professional military to defend us, so the intent of the Second Amendment is no longer valid.

Now, I’m not proposing the elimination of the Second Amendment. What I am suggesting is that we can’t use what was valid in 1776 to excuse all and any type of weaponry in 2013. Using the Second Amendment as a battle cry to excuse the use of weapons that have no other purpose than to kill, is ridiculous.

BARRY TYRRELL
Gun owner, Placerville

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