The column “What did the framers really mean?” [Opinion, May 28] really captured my interest. I particularly found fault with the lack of columnist Joe Nocera’s failure to even mention the founders’ letters, “The Federalist Papers,” covering this very subject.
The letters describe in detail their very strong feelings and deep concerns on the very subject of disarmament of the public. The people had suffered under King George and their prime interest was to establish a government that could never result in oppression lever again. They understood that the entire population had to have access to arms in order to stop any aggression from outside, or inside forces.
They knew from recent experience with England’s rule that their own future government could evolve into self-serving, oppressive rule. They recognized that an armed public citizenry was the only answer to prevent this. Disarmed, the people would become slaves to the government.
Harsh words, I know, but this was their feelings expressed in this book. My only point is if anyone wants to know the complete story of the constitution and its origination, they must read “The Federalist Papers” for the total picture.
Fred Mackaman, Bothell