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letters | DEBATE GOES ON OVER GUN CONTROL

If only Founders could weigh in today on Second Amendment

 National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre testified last month before a Senate panel as supporters and opponents of stricter gun control measures faced off.

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National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre testified last month before a Senate panel as supporters and opponents of stricter gun control measures faced off.

I write in regard to the likely failure that Congress will make any substantial changes to gun laws (“Sides drawn as hearings on guns begin,” Page A2, Jan. 31). Can anyone possibly think that our Founding Fathers had in mind that, when the Second Amendment was constructed, it was going to include or was supposed to include assault weapons and large-size magazines that exist today?

As times change, we must modify our thinking to take into account current concerns and the changing nature of society. For example, when the Model T was first invented, fuel economy concerns about pollution were not paramount, nor should they have been, though now they are hugely important issues.

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I wish our Founders could weigh in today on the “right to bear arms.” As they were thoughtful and intelligent individuals, I believe that it is obvious what they would say.

Michael Levy

Andover

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