Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Constitution expert loves the document … except …

Those not-social-justice things are kind if squishy?

“I teach the Constitution for a living. I revere the document when it is used to further social justice and make our country a more inclusive one. I admire the Founders for establishing a representative democracy that has survived for over two centuries.

“But sometimes we just have to acknowledge that the Founders and the Constitution are wrong. This is one of those times. We need to say loud and clear: The Second Amendment must be repealed.”

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(If someone wants to be taken seriously by a diverse audience – liberal, conservative, Republican, Democrat – The Rolling Stone is not the venue to use.)

This empty argument:

“When the Second Amendment was adopted in 1791, there were no weapons remotely like the AR-15 assault rifle and many of the advances of modern weaponry were long from being invented or popularized.”

So it’s OK if I own a Brown Bess or a Kentucky long rifle or any other rifle/pistol/smoothebore from 1787. The framers did not foresee Henry rifles or Spencer repeaters or the .45-70 Springfield, so ownership of those should be illegal. Or, maybe Mr. Cohen means to outlaw only semi-automatic weapons. Or maybe he wants the Federal government to make a list of acceptable firearms. Would the list be amendable?

How long before Mr. Cohen wants repeal of housing troops? Or eminent domain? Or the rights of individual states?

Anyway, Mr. Cohen, follow the Constitution, convince the House and Senate and the required number of State legislatures to approve an amendment repealing the Second.

(I just have to laugh at someone who loves the Constitution only for the part he or she agrees with – promoting social justice and making the country more inclusive.)

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