‘Rising’ unlikely in today’s America
In Lawrence Corbett’s commentary (“What’s missing in the debate over gun control,” Nov. 26), he notes that the Second Amendment was included in the Constitution by the Founding Fathers “because they had just concluded an armed rebellion against what they considered to be a tyrannical government. They saw first-hand the value in a people capable of rising up in arms if they deemed necessary.”
That certainly was one of the motivations for the Second Amendment.
Corbett goes on to say, based on that, the only valuable discussion today about gun ownership should be based on the aforesaid concept.
That concept may have been of use in the 18th century when any military had rifles, usually front loaders, and cannons.
It hardly applies today. Whether or not the general public has access to assault weapons is irrelevant since today’s militaries have, let’s see, missiles, bombers, and, oh yes, atomic weapons. r. Beth Klopott, PH.D. Delmar
An employee handles a rifle for sale inside the Clark Brothers Gun Shop in Warrenton, Va., on Feb. 25.