Research before making statements

A letter by Herb Theiss published on Jan. 25 about the second amendment shows a total lack of understanding of the origins of the second amendment, its purpose and the history behind it .

The Federalist Papers, pre-Revolutionary War and first Continental Congress history all show that the true purpose of this amendment is to protect Americans from abuses by the state .

This amendment’s origins go back to the “Glorious Revolution of 1688“ and the 1689 English Bill of Rights which stated: “the subjects which are Protestants may have Arms for their defense suitable to their Conditions as allowed by law.” The Founding Fathers specifically excluded the phrase “as allowed by law“ in drafting the second amendment .

Writings by the Founding Fathers makes their intent crystal clear: Thomas Jefferson wrote: “The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government .“

George Washington: “Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the American people’s liberty teeth and keystone under independence. From the hour the Pilgrims landed, to the present day, events, occurrences, and tendencies prove that to ensure peace, security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are indispensable ... the very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference. They deserve a place of honor with all that is good.”

For a modern take on this , read the editorial of Dec. 28 – yes , Pravada .

Per Theiss: “the writers also realized that the only weapons available were single shot, black powder, etc.” Guess what? Black powder weapons were the most advanced weaponry of the day, and were owned by the average citizen .

Understand, I am not suggesting an armed uprising. Just do some research before telling us what the Founding Fathers meant.

Bob Warner