It’s time we cod­ify sen­si­ble gun laws

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - VOICES & OPINION -

The ar­gu­ment that the Con­sti­tu­tion is sacro­sanct, ergo, the Sec­ond Amend­ment is sacro­sanct, is a spe­cious ar­gu­ment. The Found­ing Fa­thers meant for the Con­sti­tu­tion to be a doc­u­ment ca­pa­ble of adapt­ing to chang­ing times. To that end, the amend­ment process was im­ple­mented.

The orig­i­nal Con­sti­tu­tion counted slaves as 3/5’s of a per­son, pro­hib­ited women from vot­ing, and stip­u­lated that U.S. Sen­a­tors were to be elected by state Leg­is­la­tures, rather than by pop­u­lar vote.

Even the con­ser­va­tive Supreme Court Jus­tice War­ren Burger in­ter­preted the Sec­ond Amend­ment as a ref­er­ence to guns in the hands of the mili­tia rather than guns in the hands of in­di­vid­u­als. It is time we cod­ify sen­si­ble laws of gun own­er­ship to pro­tect lit­tle chil­dren in their class­room and peo­ple of all ages en­joy­ing a con­cert. It is time we join civ­i­lized coun­tries that pro­tect hu­man be­ings in­stead of guns. Norma Ul­lian Green­stein, South­west Ranches

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