"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
If the pen truly is mightier than the sword, then certainly the ballot is greater than the gun. After yet another mass killing involving guns, this time the shooting at U.C. Santa Barbara, it is time for the people to use their democratic remedies to rescind the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment.
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 It needs to be repealed to allow the states the capacity to reduce mass violence which has become all to common with the invention of mass produced weaponry never conceived or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.
“Therefore, with this petition we ask Congress, the States and the American people to join in the next great cause of liberty by establishing a new inalienable and fundamental right to be free from violence and the threat of violence for our posterity and ourselves.
“Change will not come easy, as there are still powerful interests in this country who will not accede to even basic, common sense restrictions on firearms. They also have a myopic minority of people who have been radicalized with propaganda.
“But the ballot is the mightiest tool we have in a democracy. Used wisely it can overcome any special interest and our people have had enough. Let us reassert our right to a secure a peaceful existence and remove the last vestiges of a 200-year-old concept that is antithetical to a free society in the 21st century.”