Skip to comments.Second Amendment out-of-date (Barf Alert)
Posted on 04/20/2007 10:26:44 AM PDT by Thunder90
There was a time in American history when the Second Amendments right to bear arms promoted safety and a sense of well-being among the citizenry of the United States. Today, however, the Second Amendment seems to do nothing more than act as a precipitant of violent and life-threatening behavior. The days when the right to bear arms was relevant are now more than 200 years past, and furthermore, the demographics of America have changed beyond anyones wildest prophecy.
We no longer live in tight-knit farming villages where family solidarity is vital. Nor do we live in a country where minutemen need to be able to arm themselves with muskets at the drop of a hat and defend their nation. Today, we no longer even live in a country where children can safely play outside unsupervised. There are just too many lunatics, too many gangs, too many guns. And, tragically, everyone witnessed this week what happens when you mix lunatics and guns.
On the day of the Virginia Tech massacre, President Bush attempted to offer a heart-felt apology that had all the warmth and pathos of a public relations sound bite. I do not doubt the presidents condolence for the lives lost that day, but what is our leadership doing to keep these horrific incidences from happening? The answer, surprisingly enough, is nothing.
On May 4, 2000, before the Bush war machine even came into power, The Washington Post ran an article about a closed meeting of National Rifle Association members, during which these members boasted that if Bush won in November, they would have a president where we work out of their office. The NRA is not skittish of their ties to the Bush administration, and it is these ties that many point to as the reason President Bush allowed the federal ban on assault rifles to expire in 2004. Yet, the special interest favoritism of the Bush administration is nothing new. It is merely just another stick shoved in the gears of political progressivism.
Let us reason together. Whoever imagined that we could defeat smallpox, malaria or polio? These diseases that were once considered the scourge of humanity are negligible in comparison to the rampant violence and killing of our population with weapons that none should possess. It is time that we take firm steps to eradicate this epidemic, and it most certainly can be done.
American history has been and continues to be riddled with tragedies caused by gun violence. Stricter legislation has slowly been enacted over time. Antigun commercials have flooded television sets. And despite all the different forms of identification a gun owner may have to produce in order to get his hand cannon, guns continue to fall into the wrong hands. It may sound radical, to some very radical, yet every hand is a wrong hand when it comes to gun ownership.
I know that to the gun enthusiast, the idea of giving up even one pistol sounds like an atrocious encroachment on personal liberties. After all, they dont use their guns to harm anyone. However, the same right that allows a man to cabinet his pistols and rifles permits the opportunity for the mentally dysfunctional person to commit appalling acts of violence. Since it is difficult, at best, to mandate psychological testing for potential gun owners, the solution we need to embrace is to disallow all gun ownership to protect the many from the few.
Granted, the abolishment of guns would take years after its enactment for illegal and legal gun owners to be deprived of firearms through attrition and lack of availability. Still, I feel the dividend of this seemingly drastic alternative will save many more lives compared to hiding behind an archaic amendment in the Bill of Rights.
So, to all those who cant seem to make it through a day without covering their forearms in gunpowder residue, I suggest that police stations allow for civilians to test fire weapons under supervision. To all those who feel the need to kill their own dinner as opposed to making a trip to the local grocer, I suggest that you craft yourself a bow and arrow and practice your aim. And to all those who fear they may need to take the life of another at any moment, I suggest you take up martial arts. The right to bear arms should become something that exists only in history textbooks and the video game Grand Theft Auto.
They can have my guns. One bullet at a time.
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Ah well, what else would one expect from a student at the Berkeley of the midwest.
If the Second Amendment is obsolete, how about the First? How about the whole Bill of Rights j*rk-off?
He can pout all he wants-the Second Ammendement is sacrosanct. There is no way there will be an elimination of the 2nd..
And that's the difference, moron. We think.
That’s an interesting comment about family solidarity not being vital. I’d say that the lack of family solidarity is more reason to arm oneself.
Nothing else needs be said.
This guy actually supports “Hate Speech” regulations. He doesn’t respect the constitution at all.
Just a Stupid Little Boy
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus
Yes, more liberal horse-s***
This idiot IS obsolete!
My ‘favorite’ part: “Let us reason together.”
Sure, and we can embrace the criminals to reason too, uh?
I can’t say what I think because I would be banned.
How else will I protect my household from liberals?
That's right, family solidarity has no value anymore. It's no wonder the sad state of our culture, beginning with the breakdown of the family, is actually encouraged by liberals and the government programs they support.
The culture war is real.
Remember, he wants to negoiatate with Al Queida.
THE BIGGEST LIE IN THE WHOLE PIECE!..........American history has been and continues to be riddled with tragedies caused by EVIL individuals with guns USED ON AN INCREASINGLY UN-ARMED AND DOCILE POPULACE!
The First Amendment is out of date. We should repeal it, so we can jail writers like this who attack other parts of the Bill of Rights.
The argument that trumps everything (I think) is that the citizenry is to remained armed in case they need it against a tyrannical GOVERNMENT. There is NO guarantee against that as history has proven, the 2nd amendment must stay forever for that reason ONLY.
You left out the funniest part of this article:
“Max Schlusselberg ... is a freshman majoring in journalism.”
So ... according to the author of the article when I have a skunk in my hen house, a coyote in my pasture, or a cow with a broken leg ... I’m supposed to deal with these situations with a bow and arrow. Or a ball bat. Brilliant.
Interesting that he is apparently accepting that the 2nd means exactly what it says.
I have no problem at all with someone proposing the repeal of the 2nd Amendment. It requires another amendment to do so, and we can fight that out openly.
Opponents only become a huge problem when they convince activist judges to rewrite the Constitution in chambers, then announce that we must all forever abide by their unilateral decision.
BTW, what an atrociously written article.
Almost every sentence is ambiguous to some extent, and he obviously uses word A in many places where he meant to use word B.
What a joke.
You have no idea how right you are. Madison is the San Francisco of the Midwest.
It was Congress that allowed the "assault rifle ban" to expire; President Bush said he would sign a renewal if it was passed.
Whoever imagined that we could defeat smallpox, malaria or polio?
Uhhhh, malaria and polio aren't defeated.
The right to bear arms should become something that exists only in history textbooks ...
The "right to bear arms" has existed since the dawn of time, and will exist until the end of time. All he can do is hope to legislate away the freedom to exercise that right.
See... here is is problem right here..... He's not "thinking" at all.
Tell that to the 32 dead people and see what they say.
He doesn't care about the Constitution because like all lefties, he wants to transform this country into the envisioned utopia ruled by a dictatorship who can enforce the "utopian" values.
“Max Schlusselberg ... is a freshman majoring in journalism.”
Yeah, Spin & Lie 101
Forget about the old-fashioned crap called the "Constitution" after all it dont sit or fit well in our "FEEL GOOD" society. All they want to focus on are:
1. Gays are the most evolved form of humaity and everyone else must bow to their superiority
2. Tradional values are obsolete and must be thrown out along with the old writings & legal precedents that supported them.
Max Schlusselberg - Kapo, Oven Jew
Remember this April 19th (Waco Anniversary): the BATF is the Armed Forces of the international Gun Control lobby!
It’s still in the Constitution. It’s still the law of the land.
Have a nice day.
Max Schlusselberg ... is a freshman majoring in journalism.
Just some dopey kid.
“2nd Amendment out of date”
I keep going to the clerk’s office to see if marriage
license has expired, and they keep saying `No’.
Just another college dumba$$ writing in another dumba$$ college newspaper.
Yep They seem to think that if all guns
are outlawed, the modern outlaws will obey
the law and NOT obtain weapons! Idiots.
Besides, he suggests the ridiculous premise
that our society no longer faces the Wild
West dangers of roaming animals and maurading
savages. Those are pretty apt nomenclatures
for the Manson’s, Speck’s, Gacy’s, Bundy’s and
If you Google the author’s name, you’ll find that he has written several articles/columns for the Badger Herald that mark him as a member of the fascist left right down the line, from hating Pres. Bush, to decrying the war, to trivializing Saddam’s death, to global warming, and so on. In other words, he’s your average jounalism major. Nothing special about this clown.