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It's all over the news. It's all over Facebook and Twitter too. Gun Control. Everybody has an opinion. Being that I live in Blue Jersey, most of those opinions are knee-jerk liberal shibboleths about "evil assault weapons." I swear that the New York Times must print up little index cards for their progbot readership to carry around so everybody can spout the same tired old talking points at a moment's notice.
They call it "having a conversation" about gun control. I call it "agitprop."
So as a Public Service, and to help speed things along for those of you who intend to confront me at the first available opportunity (after all, I am the Designated Right Wing Extremist in the neighborhood), here's how one goes about modifying the Second Amendment.
Step 1. Read Article V of the U.S. Constitution.
Step 2. Decide on how you'd phrase your New and Improved Second Amendment. Be very specific. You wouldn't want to confuse future Supreme Courts! We can't be having any more Emanations Of Penumbras when it comes to the right of the people to keep and bear arms. Especially since you're determined to infringe that particular enumerated Constitutional Right.
Step 3. Convince 2/3 of the Congressman in the House of Representatives to vote for your proposed revision. Then convice 2/3 of our U.S. Senators to vote for it too.
Alternate Step 3. Convince 2/3 of the State Legislatures to convene a Constitutional Convention for the purpose of revising the Second Amendment. But beware, a Constitutional Convention can take up any issue it feels is warranted, even issues you might not want it to consider. Like abortion. And marriage. And taxes.
Step 4. Submit the proposed New and Improved Second Amendment (plus whatever else might have come out of Alternate Step 3) to each of the 50 State Legislatures. Then convince 3/4 of those State Legislatures to ratify it. That's 38 states for those of you who failed remedial math.
Alternate Step 4. Convene individual Constitutional Conventions in each of the 50 states. Convince 3/4 of those conventions to ratify your New and Improved Second Amendment.
Really. That's how you do it. That's how you have a "conversation" about gun control. Anything else is just so much hot air. I mean seriously, what part of "shall not be infringed" is unclear? You guys certainly know how to elasticize "Congress shall make no law" regarding "establishment" of religion. Tie it in knots, you do. So give the Second Amendment the same broad-brush applicability that you presume for the First. It's only fair.
A Facebook friend asked: well then, what restrictions would you accept?
And I said, nuclear weapons. Probably. Certainly anything above one megaton
or so. After all, there's no such thing as being too prepared. And
I really, really, really want my own F-16.
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