Friday, April 19, 2013

Repeal the 2nd Amendment!

The second amendment to the Constitution of the United States:

“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

As long as this is the law of the land there is no way any meaningful gun control legislation will be passed.

This is not a rational conversation.  This is not a rational argument.  Those of us who aren’t wedded to the view that the 17th and 18th century arguments about bearing arms are valid and meaningful in the 21st century can never win.  We can rant, rave, fulminate, grieve over the senseless killings that guns cause every day, but it will do no good. 

If we needed any proof we need only look at Newtown.  If the slaughter of so many innocents wasn’t enough to make the case, nothing will.

Guns are a cherished part of American history.  Guns are a cherished part of the American psyche.  This isn’t going to change.  Opponents of gun control are afraid that even the slightest abridgement of 2nd amendment rights will lead to a full-scale assault on the right to bear arms.  They are probably right.  Therefore, there will be no nose of the camel getting under this tent.

The only real answer would be to repeal the 2nd amendment – and that isn’t going to happen.


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