In law school, one of the first things a student learns to consider is intent of the framers of a law. One should consider the time the law was written, the world or country as it existed and issues the citizens faced. With the issues making headlines today, guns are in the forefront; guns (assault rifles) that did not exist when the United States was formed.
Consider the lives of these individuals. They lived for the most part in rural areas, many far from anything called civilization. The weapons available were flintlock rifles and pistols with one shot available at a time. Nations were fighting for control of this new world; and not just European nations, but Native Americans from warring tribes.
The intent of the Second Amendment with the “right to bear arms” was to be able to defend and feed one’s family. Assault rifles did not exist. At present, the nation has a strong military to defend its citizens from threats from other nations. Communities have police to defend residents from smaller threats closer to home. I doubt very strongly that the hunter in many Americans is going to blow a rabbit or a deer away with an assault rifle. These weapons have one purpose and one purpose only — to blow another human being to pieces.
Join the many mothers, fathers, students and their friends on March 24 for the March for Our Lives. Marches are scheduled in many places. Show your children that you care if they survive to live a long life.
Consider the entire Second Amendment: A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." This was ratified effective Dec. 15, 1791.
Catherine Tobin, Whitehall