To the Journal editor:
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution states: "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."
It was ratified on December 15, 1791. The world was an entirely different place in the 1700s. The arms available at the time were quite primitive. If our founding fathers could have foreseen the kind of guns that would be developed, the Second Amendment would most likely have been modified.
I find it hard to believe that those highly intelligent people intended to place multi-shot or assault weapons into the hands of anyone that wanted one.
The government has had endless discussions about gun control. They go on and on and on, but nothing changes. Something must be done.
We need some gun control! Let those who are hung up on the Second Amendment have the single-shot type of weapons that the amendment was originally meant to protect.
Why would an ordinary citizen need, or even want, an assault rifle? They cannot be used for things like hunting or target practice. They are designed only to kill and have no other purpose. If there were less of them around, it would be harder for a mentally unstable individual to acquire one.
There would be fewer cases of someone taking an assault-type weapon into a restaurant, theater or any other public location and kill as many people as possible.
A child could not bring his father's multi-shot gun to school and kill his teachers and classmates if his father could not own one in the first place.
Leave the assault weapons to the military. Our country would be a safer place.
Elaine M. Drobny