Defining Arms

There have been 27 amendments to the constitution of the United States. There is nothing in principle that blocks yet another to recognise the changes in weapons technology to exclude weapons of mass murder from the protected classes in the second amendment. On 1791-12-15 when the second amendment was enacted arms meant swords, sabres, cutlasses and muskets. It is ridiculous to use the thinking of those days about these primitive weapons to decide for today on the legality of personal handguns, automatic weapons, machine guns, arms caches, armour-piercing bullets, bombs, nuclear weapons, poison gas, nerve gas etc. We have to think it through for ourselves. We also have to rethink the best ways to limit government and corporate power to trample the rights of individuals.

~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:70)