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Second Amendment keeps us free
I'm so happy that C.F. Baumgartner is a physic and can tell us what our Founding Fathers really meant when they wrote our Constitution (Other Voices, Sept. 13, 2013). The Constitution is four pages and the Bill of Rights one page. Both were written very concisely to eliminate interpretation. Rather, our forefathers wrote that changes were to be by amendments. The Second Amendment not only states "the right of the people to bear arms" but also it then adds "shall not be infringed."
In the history of the world, both before and after the Constitution, the first thing a tyrant and his cronies did was to take away the right to bear arms and then to punish freedom of speech. Citizens without arms are like sheep being led to the slaughterhouse.
There are now pundants who say we should limit or ban automatic rifles, round capacity, etc. The right to bear arms does not limit the method. If your foe has a Gatling gun, having a musket does not help you defend yourself.
Our very core of our freedom is amendments one and two. Once either is changed we are no longer free.
Since the Constitution was penned, it has been a constant struggle to remain free and keep our republic. Freedom has, an always will be a struggle as long as we have people like Mr. Baumgartner.
Bob Diamond, Bellevue