The Andover Townsman
---- — Editor, Townsman:
The most difficult part of writing a letter to the editor is in keeping it short. In response to Mr. Kempster (Right to bear arms not without limits, June 6), I certainly did not mean to imply that the right to bear arms was “primarily” to check government, but that is the aspect most often overlooked these days — particularly by government.
As to modern interpretations of what our founders meant, I generally find them to be “short sighted.” I would encourage everyone to read the Constitution and then if they are looking for what was meant, they try reading The Federalist Papers. This is a series of essays written in the late 1780s by those promoting the ratification of the U.S. Constitution.
There is very little in our daily lives that the founding fathers would understand, almost nothing! But I wonder why we cannot understand them when they said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. — That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.”
How could this have changed with the passage of time; it needs no reinterpretation.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. Disarming the “people” history has shown us leads to oppressive governments, over and over again!
The right to bear arms does have its limits, but the Constitution was written to limit government while protecting the people not to limit the people in favor of the government.
I strongly urge everyone to read it. You’ll likely be surprised with what you learn.
P.S. I’d also like to take a moment to remind people of the upcoming holiday Independence Day, which just happens to fall on July 4.