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Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
 

Abolish the 2nd

The George Zimmerman issue shows there are a lot of irresponsible “cop wannabes” who pack concealed weapons, then hide behind their Second Amendment rights for justification when unintended consequences ensue.

Aligned with them are the so-called “strict constructionists” in the courts, who will defend the principle of the immutability of the Bill of Rights to the death, presumably on grounds of its venerability. But in our own Revolutionary era, Thomas Paine, echoing Thomas Jefferson, stated famously: “Any attempt by one generation to bind the next — to rule from the grave — was the moral and political equivalent of despotism.”

Technology has made the armaments of today very deadly. The late-18th-century drafters of the Second Amendment, having had only muzzle-loading, smooth-bore muskets in mind, surely did not mean to cause the havoc this amendment has wreaked on future generations.

This will be unpopular with Trib readership, but I believe the Second Amendment is obsolete and should be abolished.

Andrew Gerenyi

Franklin Park

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