Who are we going to have rethinking the country here? I don’t doubt that the need exists, but the proposition sure begs a lot of questions.
Certainly if we do want anything like an effective control of arms, the repeal or considerable change to the Second Amendment makes sense. If we do feel that the founders’ language does not suit the present conditions, we ought to discuss how it is to be changed and change that rather than just assume that it might be interpreted any old way that suits.
I suppose it might be high time. After all, the language in the amendment is arms, not guns. And I don’t know a lot of people who feel that all their neighbors out to be allowed access to each of the military playthings that the government has sitting around. I’d take most of them from the government, too, if I could. I might be more sympathetic to the argument that individual weapons help keep the state under control if the arms culture that I grew up with had seemed concerned with liberty rather than property and taxes.
But I also have to wonder about the wisdom of letting our current group of yo-yos decide anything. Other than XI, which does not itself enumerate rights, which of the original ten amendments to the Constitution has not fallen into abuse?
I. Persecution of whistleblowers is at an all-time high for the States. American executives, presidential candidates, and legislators can all publicly call for the murder of journalists with little loss of faith.
II. The Second includes the phrase “shall not be infringed,” which has been ignored, for better or for worse.
III. “Harboring of soldiers” has been routine in occupied countries, though not so much in the States post-Reconstruction.
IV. Warrantless search and seizure over digital media is not only routine, but near-universal.
V, VI, VII, VIII. Political prisoners are held for years without trial and often tortured.
X. This is routinely violated in most US military actions by the executive and the shadow government agencies.
I cannot say that it leaves me with a lot of faith. The original framers, for all their faults, were men scared of centralized power. The current crop seems quite enamored of it.
But you know, it’s not like things are run right now. What might we propose?