The 2nd Amendment: The Founding Fathers’ biggest mistake


2am….The fact of the matter is that the Founding Fathers made a HUGE mistake in saddling us with the 2nd Amendment….

 In the late 18th century, the 2nd Amendment made sense. Calling 911 wasn’t an option, and the average American faced very real and imminent threats of the sort we don’t today. 2013 finds us in a much different world than that of 1789. We have the benefit of the rule of law, efficient and well trained law enforcement, and the most powerful military in the world. Despite those who see violent criminals around every corner, we live in a much safer world today.

 The problem we face today is that the 27 vague words that comprise the 2nd Amendment have created the current mess we’re in today…and it’s the Founding Fathers’ fault. If they’d intended for the right to bear arms to be sacrosanct and inviolate, don’t you think the 2nd Amendment would be two sentences instead of one run-on jumble? Their impreciseness has cost thousands of innocent citizens their lives. It’s also created a class of gun nuts who cling to the guns with a love that exceeds anything else in their lives….

(read the full post at What Would Jack Do?




2 Replies to “The 2nd Amendment: The Founding Fathers’ biggest mistake”

  1. It was insisted upon by the slave-owning south in order to be able to guard and return escaped slaves. Indeed there is an argument that the so-called revolutionary war was a setup by the south in order to avoid court decisions around 1750 in England which set the precedent in England (and by eventual extension the colonies) of any legal rights to keep slaves.

  2. There were also Indian raids to worry about, at least in theory, although by the time the Constitution was written, most of the violence was European-on-Indian. And the militias were hardly ‘well-regulated’, being mostly ad hoc gangs like the Paxton Boys.

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