Opinion & Editorial

Changes needed to 2nd amendment, but don’t do away with it

In the year 1920 the 18th Amendment to the United States of America’s Constitution was ratified and became the law of the land. Section 1 of the Amendment reads as follows: ”After one year from the ratification of the article the manufacture, sale or transportation of intoxicating liquors within, the importation thereof into, or the exportation thereof from the United States and all territory subject to the jurisdiction thereof for beverage purposes is hereby prohibited.”
The 21st Amendment to the Constitution was enacted on Dec. 5, 1933. This Amendment Section 1 reads as follows: ”The 18th article of amendment to the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed.”
It is not that Article 2, which is listed as an amendment to the Constitution, could be amended; this is the highly contested amendment that pertains to the right to keep and bear arms. There are so many arguments and debates about the meaning of the amendment and we could and should rewrite this amendment, not do away with it. When the Second Amendment was written, there were no automatic weapons, it took many seconds or even minutes to reload muzzleloaders, there was no such thing as clips, large capacity firearms or other deadly additions. Mental capacity must be considered.
I contend we do need to keep the basic idea of the amendment but we still need to protect ourselves, or more important, to protect innocent persons and especially schoolchildren. How to do that is not simple and people with tunnel vision should not be the ones to design the remedy.



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