Thursday November 29, 2018
It's foolish to suggest civilians should carry military firearms.
James Dailey claims the Founding Fathers intended for individual citizens to be armed with the same weapons as the military (“Second Amendment protects Americans,” Reading Eagle, Nov. 21). When the Second Amendment was quilled, the military was armed with the same weapons a 13-year-old boy would use to shoot turkeys, geese and polecats. This didn't withstand the test of time. We're not quite that quaint anymore.
If one believes the individual citizen is constitutionally intended to have the same weapons as the military, then the smart thing for our pseudo-Second Amendment savants to sloganize is, “If you take away machine guns, you have to take away cars with machine guns mounted on their hoods.”
If it's sane to arm society with military weapons, then it's crazy not to protect school kids with them.
William R. Fretz
Second Amendment reflects different time