Constitution designed to be changed over time

info@islandpacket.comFebruary 5, 2013 

The four conservative members of the U.S. Supreme Court appear to be "originalists" in that they do not believe that the Constitution is a flexible, changeable document dependent on the up-to-date needs of our country.

But in fact, the Founders envisioned it as a changeable document. They established ways to amend the Constitution by ratification of three-fourths of the states. To date, this process has produced 28 amendments.

With the senseless slaughter of innocents by firearms, it is time to change the Second Amendment of the Constitution to restrict the sale and possession of handguns and assault weapons. In 2010, 31,076 Americans died by homicide, suicide and accidental shootings by guns. In addition, 73,505 Americans were treated in hospitals for gunshot wounds.

Perhaps if the Founders had known that modern handguns and assault weapons would fire more than one bullet per second, they would have included some restrictions to prevent our present-day carnage.

Philip W. Wolfe


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