Rich Robinson: It’s Time to Repeal the 2nd Amendment
By Rich Robinson @Robinsonwins / May 30, 2014
Another senseless mass killing with the use of guns has some people asking if it’s time to repeal the Second Amendment.
“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.”
— Second Amendment to the United States Constitution
When the founders of this infant nation passed that amendment, muskets were the arms of the day. The nation, mostly rural, had a tenuous hold on security and was subject to potential attacks from stronger European nations. A national army was very much distrusted and the subject of intense debate. The Second Amendment was intended as a right of the people to arm themselves as a militia in the case of a foreign invasion or the rise of a domestic despot.
The nation will turn 238 years old on July 4, and such concerns are no longer relevant. The rise of technology and the invention of machines capable of carrying multiple rounds of ammunition make the entire concept of a militia overthrowing our government preposterous. The instruments of weaponry now threaten the right of citizens to be safe in their homes, schools, houses of worship and in general public.
It is therefore necessary that we the people, in concert with our democratic institutions of governance, change laws that are antiquated and abhorrent. We must begin the process of repealing the Second Amendment.
I have created a petition for this purpose. It reads as follows:
“The 2nd amendment to the United States Constitution is an obsolete 18th century right that has no utility in a 21st century modern democratic republic. It needs to be repealed to allow the states the capacity to reduce mass violence which has become all to common with the invention of mass produced weaponry never conceived or anticipated by our founders. The archaic notion that a militia is necessary and the right of the people to keep and Bear Arms, shall not be infringed is antithetical to a free society where the rule of law and the rights of citizens are firmly established.
“Most importantly without repeal of the 2nd amendment mass gun violence will continue to plague America and the right of people to be secure in their homes, schools, places of worship and public gatherings shall perish from our nation.
Rich Robinson is an attorney and political consultant in Silicon Valley.