Mr. William Babcock's Nov. 19 Guest View piece, "Time to target the Second Amendment,'' is just a little off target.
If, as Mr. Babcock maintains, the Second Amendment is now just an "outdated right," what about the other nine amendments which are also contained in the Bill of Rights, and were adopted and ratified simultaneously with the Second Amendment? Aren't they outdated as well? How can the Second Amendment be "outdated" and the others, which are just as "anachronistic" as the Second, not be?
Shouldn't the other nine contained in the Bill of Rights be "targeted" too? Since the framers couldn't have possibly "envisioned" the radio, TV, computers, or other forms of modern communication, shouldn't the First Amendment only protect the quill pen? And since the framers couldn't have possibly "envisioned" modern forms of search, shouldn't it be illegal to X-ray my luggage at the airport?
The Supreme Court has held that modern forms of communication, and modern forms of search are protected respectively by the First and the Fourth Amendments. The Supreme Court has also held that all instruments that constitute bearable arms are protected by the Second Amendment as well, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding.
Quite frankly, I find the fact that anyone could seriously propose to repeal an amendment that is enumerated in the Bill of Rights as unsettling. That a person of Mr. Babcock's education and position would champion such a thing is incomprehensible.