The Founding Fathers who wrote the Second Amendment were worried about having a standing army [“Two sides of debate on gun control,” Letters, Jan. 31].

They wanted all able-bodied men to have arms to protect themselves from Indians and possible attacking armies from Europe.

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Since we now have a strong army and trained, professional police to protect us, the original need for a “well-regulated militia” no longer exists.

Richard Beckman, Merrick