In Daniel Kirsch's May 9 column, "Founding Fathers Weren't Gun Toters," he claims the Founders and their contemporaries "did not own guns." This falsehood derives from Michael Bellesiles' "Arming America," which initially received the Bancroft Prize in American history -- given by academics who share Kirsch's antipathy to guns and their owners. Mr. Kirsch is presumably unaware that the book has been discredited as a fraud, its Bancroft prize has been rescinded, its publication halted and Bellesiles driven from academia.

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