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Letter: Times, and the need for guns, change

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the law requiring individuals to demonstrate "proper cause" to obtain a license to carry concealed handguns in public does not violate the Constitution's Second Amendment. (Nov. 22, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

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.

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


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