In response to "Time to reconsider fascination" (June 5, Letters): Our nation's Founding Fathers' primary consideration in laying down the Second Amendment had nothing to do with a "fascination" with guns but rather a deep concern about the tendencies of government to overreach and eventually deprive citizens of their freedom and liberty.
The frontier days are surely behind us, but the nature of government has not changed. Furthermore, whereas the right to bear arms is no longer much of a safeguard against government tyranny, it continues to provide a first line of defense against the savages which prey on the weak and defenseless in our crime-ravaged cities.
The right to bear arms cannot be reduced to nostalgic sentiment without doing violence to the historical basis upon which it was established and the fundamental principles which remain valid today.
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