In “Five Lessons from Maine’s Day of Hell”, Nov. 4, Robert Charles attempts a feeble distraction stating, “the issue is not guns.” There are many issues and guns are far more important than he admits. The issues are complex and guns are a part we can address and begin to control. Our ancestors who wrote the Second, Fourth, Fifth and 14th amendments to the Constitution knew guns as single-shot muzzle loaders with limited range and much time to clean and reload between shots. Those ancestors could not imagine modern guns let alone their speed of firing, range and killing power.

Those ancestors were wise enough to understand that times and human resources change. For those evolutions they provided an ability to amend our laws including the Constitution. It is time we amend our attitudes and laws regarding guns. Guns threaten us all.

Phillip Davis

West Gardiner

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