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January 14, 2013

Letter: Parsing the Second Amendment

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We should also remember that there was a great fear among the people and politicians against a standing army. The Continental Army was essentially disbanded immediately after the peace treaty of 1783 was ratified and Gen. Washington resigned his commission. The states had to rely on their own militias to protect them against raids on their borders and to keep order among the populace (think Shays’ Rebellion). Is the National Guard of today the militia of the 1780s?

Unfortunately, Ms. Anderson chose to emphasize only those words which support her position (not an unusual tactic).

Walter Haug

Marblehead

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