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Time to Repeal the Second Amendment. Seriously.

It continues to befuddle my mind that the USA permits its citizens to arm themselves with a personal arsenal. In some states, I understand, it's even legal to carry concealed weapons to work.

After the Aurora shooting, handgun sales in Colorado soared, assisted in no small way by certain politicians claiming that if others had weapons in the cinema they could have taken out the shooter.

Yes. In a dark, smoke-filled theatre full of panicking patrons and gunfire, the solution is for more people to start firing rounds in whatever direction they think the shooter might be. I have a simple solution for the USA. It might be a tough sell, but I think you're at that point:

Repeal the Second Amendment.

Here's a consciousness-raising exercise: In the year it was ratified, would the Second Amendment have allowed an individual to mount a loaded cannon on the back of a carriage and drive it through town? I predict not. But today's firearms, with increased accuracy, automatic reloading and mega-clips of 50 or 100 bullets, are easily capable of killing as many people as an 18th-Century cannon and they're substantially easier to aim.

So if the amendment did not intend to permit cannons, then what is the justification for permitting equally powerful weapons today? Merely miniaturisation? It seems to me that the Founding Fathers made two critical mistakes when drafting the amendment: Firstly, they didn't allow for technological improvement. They had no idea that in the ensuing centuries, we would spend so much time improving our capacity for hand-held destruction. I suggest that it is this modern-day capacity for mass-murder that makes the 19th-century amendment unconscionable.

Compounding with the technology, the "right of the people to keep and bear arms," plural, does not suggest a limit on the number of guns an individual can own, carry or conceal. It is incomprehensible to me that the Founding Fathers deliberately endorsed this kind of all-you-can-eat fire-power.

But it seems that case-law on the matter has ignored the proviso of "a well-regulated militia" and erred largely on the side of wanton destruction, so the only way to stop this insanity is to repeal the amendment entirely.

You need 40 states to approve the repeal by a simple majority, yes? So get campaigning! Perhaps start by outing the NRA as the violence-supporting organisation they are. These massacres that seem to be occurring ever-more-frequently in the USA have all been made possible by the NRA's insistence that fully automatic, concealed weapons with armour-piercing rounds are not what kill people.

The Norquist pledge not to increase taxes seems to be taken very seriously. Perhaps a new pledge could be drafted: A pledge by politicians to never accept money from the NRA or NRA-financed super-PACs. A pledge to instigate a referendum on repealing the Second Amendment.

A pledge affirming that, say, children are more important than gun-rights.

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-1 # Keith 2012-12-23 21:59
Edward, my good friend! What troubles me the most about your well-intended post is its date of publication (Dec. 20) as it relates to the date of our wonderful, personal conversation at Kakadus about these same matters (Dec. 15). Specifically, you don't address any of my arguments (which are too many to relate here in light of my 1000 symbol limit) that we discussed. In essence, your proposition to repeal the Second Amendment too blithely ignores a plethora of issues that are specifically relative to the American context. I apologize to your readers that I don't have the space here (and equally important, the time) to list and discuss these issues. But, in a future post, to be fair to the supporters of the Second Amendment (e.g. me!) and in order to avoid a straw-man argument, perhaps you can engage them. Or, maybe you and I can just meet outside of Kakadus at high noon for a gun-dual and shoot it out--redneck, American style!!! See you in March when I return to Shanghai!
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0 # Patrick Ethen 2013-01-16 12:07
I strongly disagree. Disarming me, is a ridiculous reaction to what crazy or criminal people do. You want to give them the advantage? Skew the ownership of guns to the criminal & insane & remove the little bit of control people like me have? Preposterous. Feel free to email me for a 1 on 1 chat about this...
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-1 # Jean Desrosiers 2013-01-17 23:35
I am Canadian and do not carry a gun, but there is one thing that would worry me if this amendment were to be repealed and that is that the largest military machine in the world could never be stopped.
USA is not a country like any other because it has such a powerful military.
May I suggest that if you ever get rid of this amendment that you make your military state-controled instead of federally controlled. Each state would have it's own army in other words.
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0 # Tyler 2013-02-07 05:05
This is absolutely ridiculous!!! If criminals want to kill people they will get a hold of guns on the black market just like drugs. The Constitution was made for the people from the people. The government has no responsibility what so ever to better the lives of people economically. The people have to do that on there own. Perfect way to do so is be independent and grow your own products and rely on no one. People today use mental illness as an alibi for everything. I could go kill someone and plead for insanity because I have a "mental" condition and that I couldn't help myself and I just had to kill him. The people in society today are so messed up it isn't even funny and they need to learn from history, especially if studying the Founding Fathers. Don't be an idiot and say well I can't because they promoted racism. Thomas Jefferson had a kid with one of his slaves and loved her, but no he is a racist. He also released them in his will and treated them right.
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-1 # Edward Snowpea 2013-10-18 11:05
You have talked yourself into rationalizing just about anything. Think whatever you want, but realize that preachy people like you are a lot of talk, and zero action. Moreover, you are not mentally grounded in reality. Let me guess - you're probably from Boston. At the day's end, we will have our guns. End. Of. Story. Now, start liking it because you have no other choice.

Why not just come out of the Marxist closet? I honestly dare you to try repealing Amendment II. I dare you, coward.
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-1 # Er 2013-11-18 07:54
More ridiculous taking liberal crap. So tell everyone what does a citizen protecting his family do against criminals attacking his family and property. The democratic-liberal agaendas are to what, take it on the chin. BS. Ill keep my gun, keep it to myself, keep it locked up from immature hands and be repsonsible. You and this crap article can have a somber moment like Obama to promote your agenda. Dont like America, leave it and take Obama with you!
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+2 # Jimbo 2014-02-11 02:45
Leave America and it's precious constitution alone. The longer it leaves it's head in the sand, the further it falls behind the rest of the world (which in the in is better for the rest of us).
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