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Letter writer has it wrong when it comes to history

I read with interest the June 21 letter, “Clinton wants to rein in guns, but is protected by firearms.”

I was particularly interested in his second from last paragraph, where the writer asserted that “Our Founding Fathers might take umbrage … as they did when the British began to restrict basic freedoms and to confiscate weapons.” That would be news to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence.

Of the 28 grievances against the king, not once was a confiscation of weapons mentioned. James Madison, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, did author the Bill of Rights, which was adopted by Congress on Sept. 25, 1789. The Second Amendment starts with “A well regulated militia …”

The letter writer sees grievances of our Founding Fathers where none existed, as enumerated in the Declaration of Independence, and fails to see the Second amendment as it is written, “A well regulated militia.”

A most interesting perception.

Stanley Walek

Cheektowaga