Saturday, July 21, 2012

Repeal & Replace the 2nd Amendment

It's time for a serious bout of sanity on the issue of guns. I understand that sanity and thinking about guns do not often go together, but they should. The first order of business, I suggest, would be to repeal and replace the 2nd Amendment, the  "right to bear arms" amendment. The amendment as it was written is unclear at best, and at worst--and Supreme Court rulings are making it worse--it harms the public good. Let's repeal it and start over. The Founders were human beings, not gods, and some things they just didn't get right (slavery in the land of the free?) or just didn't anticipate. So here's my suggestion, a first draft if you will, of a replacement:

The Congress and the states may regulate and restrict firearms and other weapons. In adopting any regulations and restrictions, the Congress and  the states must consider and balance the general public welfare along with the interest of persons to own and use firearms for sporting, recreational, and personal safety purposes. Any regulation or restriction reasonably related to a person's history of serious criminal conduct or serious mental illness is a lawful basis for regulation and restriction. The regulation and restriction of firearms and other weapons intended primarily for military purposes or for which potential uses exceed those of legitimate recreational, sporting, or personal safety purposes is deemed an inherently reasonable and lawful basis for regulation and restriction.
There you have it. Now tell your elected officials that you've had enough, and stand-up to the NRA and those who drink their Kool Aid.