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letters | GUN RIGHTS: IMAGINING WHAT THE FOUNDERS THOUGHT

If it’s ‘original intent’ you seek, consider the musket

I come from Concord, Mass., and have often walked down to the “rude bridge that arched the flood,” as Emerson put it, and have gazed up at the statue of the embattled farmer. His hand is on his plow as he faces the British, and he is carrying a musket.

A musket: Tip it up, put the powder in, then the ball, then the wadding. Ram it home with the ramrod, check the flint, and fire it at your enemy. Then, if you need to, do it all over again.

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At the time of the writing of the Constitution, this is what our Founding Fathers had in mind when they decreed the right to bear arms. Not AK-47s, not Glocks, not Bushmasters — muskets.

If our Supreme Court insists on “original intent,” as the conservative wing apparently wants to do, let them go to “original intent” and decree that all automatic and semiautomatic guns are illegal, and leave an exception for muskets.

Stephen S. Walker

Exeter, N.H.

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