Meanwhile. over at the Rolling Stone…
…We need to say loud and clear: The Second Amendment must be repealed.
As much as we have a culture of reverence for the founding generation, it’s important to understand that they got it wrong — and got it wrong often. Unfortunately, in many instances, they enshrined those faults in the Constitution. For instance, most people don’t know it now, but under the original document, Mitt Romney would be serving as President Obama’s vice president right now because he was the runner-up in the last presidential election. That part of the Constitution was fixed by the Twelfth Amendment, which set up the system we currently have of the president and vice president running for office together.
Much more profoundly, the Framers and the Constitution were wildly wrong on race. They enshrined slavery into the Constitution in multiple ways, including taking the extreme step of prohibiting the Constitution from being amended to stop the slave trade in the country’s first 20 years. They also blatantly wrote racism into the Constitution by counting slaves as only 3/5 of a person for purposes of Congressional representation. It took a bloody civil war to fix these constitutional flaws (and then another 150 years, and counting, to try to fix the societal consequences of them).
There are others flaws that have been fixed (such as about voting and Presidential succession), and still other flaws that have not yet been fixed (such as about equal rights for women and land-based representation in the Senate), but the point is the same — there is absolutely nothing permanently sacrosanct about the Founders and the Constitution. They were deeply flawed people, it was and is a flawed document, and when we think about how to make our country a more perfect union, we must operate with those principles in mind.
“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.”
Correctly parsed the above simply states American citizens shall be able to own weapons in order to defend the country as part of a standing militia/army. Most people ignore that last bit because…inconvenient! So, yeah, we’re fine with repealing the Second, if necessary: it’s all dependent upon Congress’ continuing recalcitrance to address the obvious issue.
The Second Amendment does not in any way, shape or form define what type of weapons Americans shall be able to bear; banning all automatic and semi-automatic weapons is not only legal, its past being a moral imperative. It is a necessity. 2
- Wow! We can feel the rushing air from thousands of knee-jerks from here! Try a chiropractor for that. ↩
- And, no – the House ReThugs agreeing to vote on Dems proposals for expanding background checks or banning people on “no fly” lists does not count. Your fuckin’ Aunt Gertrude once found herself on a “no fly” list, not to mention there’s no way in hell the ReThugs will allow registration and background checks to be enshrined into law for gun show purchases – it’s just more of the ReThugs shining on the American public. ↩