Repeal the Second Amendment? It was first presented by James Madison and adopted by Congress on December 15, 1791 along with the other 9 Bill of Rights. “Originally, the Bill of Rights implicitly legally protected only white men, excluding American Indians, people considered to be "black" (now described as African Americans), and women. These exclusions were not explicit in the Bill of Rights' text, but were well understood and applied [Wikipedia.com].”
Now, what were the types of weapons available during those times that only white men could use? Muskets and cannons? Any society that ignores the growth and expansion of itsconstituents is doomed to many societal problems. The courts of the United States are notoriously 30 years behind social change. An effective government reflects the present day interactions of its constituents. Just as we have progressed to making the Bill of Rights apply to ALL people, we need to protect ALL of our people from the threat of gun violence!
What is our government doing? Vice President Joe Biden has been gathering all of the opinions from the experts and the polarized constituents of the Second Amendment of the US Constitution. The results of this ‘study’ will be the source material for whether to ‘rewrite’ the Second Amendment or not.
Should we rewrite the Second Amendment or not? It 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.” Where does it say that weapons are to be used for anything other than a well regulated militia? Except for hunting, another necessary function for the bearing of arms, what are ‘arms’ for? Arms, as expressly stated in the Second Amendment are ‘necessary’ for the ‘security’ of a free State!
They are not permitted to kill one another at the hands of gun-toting rednecks, mentallyunstable individuals and criminals. It is the responsibility of the government, which by the way is all of us, to regulate and control the flow of weapons in this country. We haven’t done such a great job, have we? We have allowed the self-proclaimed ‘freedom fighters’ who claim they have the right to kill anyone who violates their ‘property’ or ‘person’. This was NOT the intention of the Second Amendment and if you think it is you are NOT living in reality.
Our modern day militia is the National Guard who have semi-automatic weapons to stop ‘crowds of people’ who take advantage of others in natural disasters or threats upon the peace in our society. Each gun owner has the responsibility to lock up their weapons in a gun safe; not only to keep children safe but to stop criminals and mentally unstable individuals from having access to them. Sound too simple? Perhaps, but it’s a start.
The time is here for us to move in the right direction to ensure that the innocents in our society are no longer harmed from the aberrance of people who choose to use guns to carry out their agendas. Repeal the Second Amendment? No, but at least modify it to include the precautions necessary to protect all of our citizens. It is a time for change and we know it. We need to move in the direction of acknowledging the rights of all of our citizens to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness! ~Dean A. Banks, D.D. (Spirituality Guidance Channel)