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Is the Second Amendment Even Still Real?by Daniel Johnson, Deputy Executive Editor
"Every constitution, then, and every law, naturally expires at the end of 19 years. If it be enforced longer, it is an act of force and not of right." (Thomas Jefferson in a letter to James Madison September 6, 1789)
(CALGARY, Alberta) - I recommend that all members of the NRA and the Gun Owners of America be encouraged to shoot themselves and each other in their feet.
Repeal the 2nd Amendment. Who needs it?
It is unusual for gun rights to be included in a constitution. In an historical study of constitutions, only 15 constitutions (in nine countries) had ever included an explicit right to bear arms. Almost all of these constitutions were in Latin America, and most were from the 1800s. Only three countries—Guatemala, Mexico and the United States—have a constitutional right to arms. Of the 15, the U.S. is the only one that does not explicitly include a restrictive condition.
Guy Veritas of Miami writes:
"The 2nd amendment was passed in 1791 and was in reference to 'A well regulated Militia'. Arms in that time period consisted of powder/ball muskets.
"Its current and historical interpretation by the US courts and pro-gun interest is incredibly bizarre and irrational. Like the discussion of most if not all 'social issues'in this country, non-sense makes sense. We are a bright beacon of ignorance and hypocrisy to the rest of the world."
Nan Socolow, Cayman Islands, British West Indies writes
How egregiously embarrassing for Asa Hutchinson to mouth the NRA platitudes and insanities of Wayne LaPierre about arming guards in public schools! This isn't how he'll be elected Arkansas's Governator. How long will Americans swallow the bumf and codswallop and blatherskite dished out by the dishonourable National Rifle Association? Outrageous and shameful and mightily depressing that strict gun control legislation has not been enacted so long after the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. How long will murder, massacre and bloody unnecessary wars be condoned by the American public? We are the world's laughingstock.
“As somebody whose family was decimated by the Nazis and their armed thugs, this appears no longer to be the same country that fought the Axis in 1941-45. The GOP is hastening to copy them in their quest for power and their backers in their greed.”
"With the Tea Party talking like the storm troopers of old, this is a fearsome development. Anyone who knows history and remembers its lessons remembers that the Storm Troopers stirred up disorder for their sponsors, the National Socialists, before the 1932 elections resulted in a large share of the legislative seats (but NOT a numerical majority). They worked like gangsters in early '30's Warner Brothers films: they come in, break up a place, and then sell "protection." This is exactly the same thing. Americans, beware.
"The NRA prefers a true police state over any rational restrictions on background checks, semi-automatic weapons or bullet magazines. One looks at North Korea or Nazi Germany and wonders: how did it get this way? An insane, self-aggrandizing fascist terrorist like Wayne La Pierre led them there."
Here's something I'm surprised no one has suggested. The gun nuts are, overall, a minority in America. If ten or fifteen million reasonable, sensible Americans joined the NRA, they would outnumber the wackos and could, democratically, change the NRA into a positive organization. Just a thought.
Daniel Johnson is a born and raised Calgarian. He is currently working on a book The Occupy Wall Street User Manual which is scheduled for publication in spring 2013 by Polymath Press In 1990 he published his first (and so far, only) book: Practical History: A guide to Will and Ariel Durant’s “The Story of Civilization” (Polymath Press, Calgary) Newly appointed as the Deputy Executive Editor in August 2011, he has been writing exclusively for Salem-News.com since March 2009 and, as of summer 2012, has published more than 210 stories. View articles written by Daniel Johnson
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