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If beef is with 2d Amendment, leave Founders out of it

Ronald Newbower’s May 6 letter compares firearms to cellphones, and suggests that the Founders surely would have banned private ownership of modern firearms if they had anticipated the invention of assault weapons (“If court can see cellphones in new light, what about 2d Amendment?”).

I am a historian, not a gun owner. It seems to me that Newbower assumes too much. It is at least equally likely that the Founders would have specifically endorsed private ownership of modern personal weapons.

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