I read with wonder Lee Gaillard's essay ("The Second Amendment Is Obsolete," Dec. 4) and was struck immediately by the question of where to begin. Gaillard's work, like most such pieces on the Second Amendment, was long on emotional arguments and filled with errors of interpretation and fact. Simply put, our Founding Fathers (in whom I still have faith) saw the need for the Second Amendment to protect citizens' freedom from a variety of potential threats. Concerned with more than just fending off foreign invaders and quelling insurrections, the Framers of the Bill of Rights saw the Second Amendment as an "honest broker" to stop or impede the rise of a despotic government within our own borders.
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