Tuesday, May 27, 2014
I follow up today on yesterday’s post, Enough is enough: No more guns and repeal SYG laws that was inspired by the latest mass shooting case in which Elliot Rodger killed 7 people, including himself and wounded 7 others. I wrote about that here.
Before turning to the subject of today’s post, which is about amending the Second Amendment to outlaw the sale and possession of firearms, I am going to update readers on recent developments in the Elliot Rodger matter.
The New York Daily News is reporting that the girl he blamed for all of his problems and described as an “evil bitch” who teased and ridiculed him and “wounded [him] deeply” does not remember him.
The woman’s father said it was Saturday morning when his 20-year-old daughter realized Rodger had made her a part of his sick story. “She’s devastated by this.” “She doesn’t even remember this guy…she has always been the most delicate kid you would ever want to meet. For him to call her a bully, this kid was really disillusioned.”
“She was 10 years old,” the dad added. “He was two years older than her. He was in my son’s class. She was in the seventh grade and he was in the eighth grade…Can you imagine a 10-year-old kid bullying a 12-year-old? This little petite girl bullying him?”
Given Elliott’s delusions about himself and this new development, I am inclined to view much of what he says as a delusional egocentric interpretation of events in his life. We will have to wait and see, as more information comes out, but I would not be surprised to find out that he never even asked a girl out on a date.
Although this kid was very sick, he had the ability to snap it together when necessary to deal with authoritarian figures. For example, he did that when the police contacted him a few weeks ago. He denied thinking about harming himself or others, so the police had no choice except to say, “have a nice day,” and leave.
He had also jumped through the necessary hoops to purchase three handguns and plenty of ammo.
Elliot Roger is not the only mentally ill person in our society today who is considering or already has a plan to commit mass murder. No doubt there are others and we will read about their exploits in the coming months just as we read about his. Meanwhile, other people will continue to shoot and kill innocent people in less attention-getting ways. One or more of us might even become a victim of this senseless slaughter.
The question is, what are we going to do about it?
Former US Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, 94, has written a book titled, Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Constitution. He has a proposal to amend the Second Amendment that deserves serious consideration.
The Second Amendment currently provides:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Justice Stevens has written in several dissenting opinions that our Founding Fathers did not want to maintain a standing army. Thus, their intent was to permit people to keep and bear arms in order to serve in a “well regulated militia,” as needed. They did not intend to create an absolute right to keep and bear arms against neighbors. Since we now have a standing military, there no longer exists any justification to keep and bear arms.
In addition, none of the other rights in the Bill of Rights are absolute, so there is no reason why the Second Amendment should be treated differently.
Justice Stevens’s proposal:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms when serving in the Militia shall not be infringed.
His proposal is consistent with the intent of our Founding Fathers.
Article V of the Constitution sets forth the process to be followed in amending the Constitution.
The Congress, whenever two thirds of both houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose amendments to this Constitution, or, on the application of the legislatures of two thirds of the several states, shall call a convention for proposing amendments, which, in either case, shall be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of this Constitution, when ratified by the legislatures of three fourths of the several states, or by conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other mode of ratification may be proposed by the Congress; provided that no amendment which may be made prior to the year one thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any manner affect the first and fourth clauses in the ninth section of the first article; and that no state, without its consent, shall be deprived of its equal suffrage in the Senate.
They made it difficult to amend the Constitution, but not impossible.
Not long ago, same-sex marriage and legalization of marijuana seemed impossible.
There is no greater force than an idea whose time has come.
How many more innocents will die at the hands of the mentally disturbed Jared Laughners, James Holmes, Adam Lanzas and Elliot Rodgers before we finally stand up to the craven politicians and the NRA and declare:
Sooner or later, this darkness has got to give.
“Enough Is Enough; No More Innocent blood”