While I often agree with Leon White's letters to the editor, I strongly disagree with him in "Touching on the Second." His premise that the Second Amendment was written when guns were less lethal is obviously true. Our forefathers could not have anticipated the advancements made in guns since that time.
But when we consider the main reason for the Second Amendment, it is obvious they would not have wanted to limit our ability to defend ourselves against threats, "both foreign and domestic." They knew government's propensity for tyranny against its own citizens.
The Second Amendment clearly 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." Notice this does not say, "Except when simple-minded government officials and left -wing fanatics decide limitations should apply."
I do not own a semi-automatic military style weapon. However, I know of many people who do, and I am happy for this. Most are ex-military or law enforcement. Others are good upstanding responsible citizens. I trust these people will have my back and yours if things get stupid.
The Newtown school shooting was a travesty, no doubt. From what I read, every instance of mass killings over the past 20 or 30 years has been by a person on mind-altering prescription psychiatric drugs. If we really want to prevent future attacks, we should start by looking closely at this.
Dr. David Vitko