People argue about the intent of the framers of the 2nd Amendment as it applies to the “rights” of citizens to own AK-47’s. Who cares? The framers upheld slavery in the Constitution. They didn’t believe in the right of women to vote. They didn’t believe that ordinary citizens should vote for U.S. Senators. Today the gun lobby relies on the wording of the 2nd Amendment to justify making weapons of mass destruction.
The AK-47 is an assault weapon for gun fetishists who think they've joined the military if they have one slung over their shoulders. Perhaps a proper interpretation of the 2nd Amendment does allow for AK-47's. So what? It isn’t sacred, Immaculate Conception isn’t involved. The framers weren’t infallible. In some Jewish, Christian, and Muslim temples, churches, and mosques today religious leaders teach that everything written 14 centuries ago, or more, are applicable to today’s situation verbatim! Really? What the Bible and Koran say about gays, for example! They worship at the alter of anachronism. So does the NRA when it comes to the 2nd Amendment. i don't give a damn about how many angels can dance on the barrel of an assault rifle!
Get rid of it, repeal the 2nd amendment the way the prohibition of alcohol amendment was repealed. We need to modernize our thought processes and stop thinking like medieval fundamentalist religious whack jobs.
Professor David S. Cohen points out: “Gun-rights advocates like to make this all about liberty, insisting that their freedom to bear arms is of utmost importance and that restricting their freedom would be a violation of basic rights.
“But liberty is not a one way street. It also includes the liberty to enjoy a night out with friends, loving whom you want to love, dancing how you want to dance, in a club that has historically provided a refuge from the hate and fear that surrounds you. It also includes the liberty to go to and send your kids to kindergarten and first grade so that they can begin to be infused with a love of learning.
It includes the liberty to go to a movie, to your religious house of worship, to college, to work, to an abortion clinic, go to a hair salon, to a community center, to the supermarket, to go anywhere and feel that you are free to do to so without having to weigh the risk of being gunned down by someone wielding a weapon that can easily kill you and countless others.
“The liberty of some to own guns cannot take precedence over the liberty of everyone to live their lives free from the risk of being easily murdered. It has for too long, and we must now say no more.”