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letters | More sides to the gun debate

Silly logic abounds in notion that 2nd Amendment should only protect muskets

I FOUND Stephen S. Walker’s letter concerning the Second Amendment (“If it’s ‘original intent’ you seek, consider musket,” Dec. 21) to be quite interesting. I have taken the liberty of slightly rewriting it to apply to the First Amendment:

The Boston Globe is one in an illustrious line of Massachusetts newspapers; in fact, the very first newspaper in the British North American colonies was printed in Boston. The publisher used a hand-pulled press. 

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A hand-pulled press: Pick type from a font case, set it into a galley that you lock into an iron frame. Take two wood-handled, leather-covered balls to ink the type. Put a moistened sheet of paper in a cushioned frame, run the carriage under the platen and turn the screw to squeeze the paper against the type. Then do it all over again.

At the time of the writing of the Constitution, this is what our Founding Fathers had in mind when they decreed the right to freedom of the press. Not CNN, not NPR, not blogs, and certainly not the massive machinery used to produce a copy of the Globe.

If the not-as-clever-as-he-thinks Walker insists on chaining the “conservative wing” of the Supreme Court to “original intent,” then the liberal wing should also go to “original intent” and decree that all television news programs, radio news, and The Boston Globe are unprotected by the Constitution, and leave an exception only for the hand press.

Christopher DiGrazia

Bradford 

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