, Newburyport, MA

December 20, 2012

On the issue of gun control

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

The brutal holiday season shootings in a Connecticut grade school have brought gun control advocates to the fore again. Cases will be made by and for advocates and opponents alike in another might/right adversarial exchange of words.

Unfortunately, “context” is often omitted by both sides. Shame on the drafters of the Constitution for not having the foresight to understand what two-plus centuries of “progress” would deliver. Consider their entreaty for a “right to bear arms” given the “temper” of their time. And ask how many deaths would have occurred if the arms bearer had to stop and “re-powder” a musket before “dropping a ball” in the barrel. How smart could the drafters have been in not realizing that even Elmer Fudd might have been less vexed with an AK-47?

James Ryan