Second Amendment should be repealed
To the Journal editor:
The Mining Journal’s national columnist, Jules Witcover, hit the nail on the head in his Saturday, Feb. 17, column entitled “Unable to awaken from our great national nightmare.”
He stated that we should confront the gun lobby, aided by the National Rifle Association (NRA), for the massive school shootings in our country today.
Regarding the latest school shooting in Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Mr. Witcover mentioned the shooter’s use of an AR-15 assault rifle equipped with a multi-round clip to spray down and murder 17 young victims. He also called the weapon a mass killing machine.
Referring to the Second Amendment and the massive shootings in our country today, he stated that “The founders never had them in mind or knew of them in writing the second amendment.”
I agree with him 100 percent. And we all should read the Second Amendment very closely to how it was written 250 years ago. Words are important and have real meaning.
The Second Amendment reads: “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.”
The second amendment is obsolete and should be repealed, and here is the reason why.
A “militia” is defined as a force of citizens, not professional soldiers, which may be called on at need for military service.
As our country has aged over the last 250 years it has created the greatest army, navy, and air force in the world today. We have the most massive weapons, tanks, ships and planes, in existence.
Consequently, according to the wording of the Second Amendment, our citizens no longer have the right to keep and bear arms because a Militia is obsolete in today’s world and therefore there is no other reason, according to our Constitution, for citizens to keep and bear arms anywhere else in the document.
It’s time for the United States Supreme Court to repeal the Second Amendment and for the federal government to draw up another amendment for rules and regulations about gun ownership that has common sense idealogies for the use of hand guns and rifles for our citizens.