On May 15, I blogged some questions regarding gun control as it relates to the Second Amendment of the Constitution. I did get some reasonable and well stated responses. After mulling over the problem and listening to some arguments I need to revisit this issue.
First, there is no denying that the II Amendments exists and it is the law of the land. It reads as follows: “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.” If one were to interpret militia as army, still “the people” cannot be interpreted as the military force. The definition of “militia” is “civilians trained as soldiers but not part of the regular army.” That is a googled definition. My ancient and “archaic” Webster’s says, – as applied to the U.S. “all able bodied male citizens between 18 and 45 who are not members of National Guard and of the Reserves …constitute the organized militia,—- all others the unorganized militia.
It seems to me that “infringed” means it shall not be broken or even weakened. That has been done and is being done by Congress. I know nothing about guns but I think making certain ones illegal would be infringing on the amendment. Many say certain guns are okay for hobbies and hunting and even for personal safety, but there is no need for “big” weapons. If we have a well regulated militia it seems weapons would need to be equal to whatever weapons are turned against them. I think you would not use pistols to fight against canons.
So I’m whacky and you do not like these conclusions of mine. Fine with me. That is the brilliance of the Founding Fathers to have made a legal and constitutional way to change that Amendment. It is done by a 2/3 vote of a Constitutional Convention or by the voters with 2/3 of the states agreeing to the change.
It is Congress’s duty to write laws. Let them write an amendment that “updates” the 2nd Amendment and allows for details to be made such as which are legal, how they are obtained, who can own, buy, or sell. Or other. Why isn’t that being tried? Maybe because no one knows how or because the gun control people do not believe it would pass.
If it wouldn’t pass then obey the law as it is written. Honest citizens will deal with it justly; the criminals won’t – no matter what it says. Which gets to the heart of the problem. Criminals. Changing laws will not change them. It is easier to use the issue to squawk about.
I’ll be back for more. Particularly as the subject relates to confiscation of guns.