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Burdick Charles

Charles F. Burdick.

A revised addition to the Second Amendment is long overdue, bringing it up to date with modern times.

And, to start, this has nothing to do with taking away gun rights.

The Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights gives citizens the right to keep and bear arms. But for what reason? We must remember the time frame — 1791 is when article 2 was written. This was a time of muskets, a large-caliber usually muzzle-loading military firearm.

A striking difference of that kind of weapon and an AR-15 that has come into light in our country in recent years. Colonial farmers, with their muskets, had helped to win the Revolutionary War. They faced dangers on the frontier and these two events brought about the consideration of the Second Amendment which reads, “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.”

This is saying that if our country were to be attacked by foreign powers, we would have weapons to help defend our country. The framers of this article, 227 years ago, could not possibly have visualized such weapons of war that exist today throughout the world. Bearing of arms today has nothing to do with war, as stated in the Second Amendment.

A far different world exists now, and we need to make adjustments as we do in most situations over time and update the Second Amendment to allow the bearing of arms for self defense and sporting events, such as hunting, trapshooting, etc., and allowing no military weapons for public ownership.

It is pure insanity to think in any form or fashion that the average citizen should have a weapon that was meant to be a military weapon of such magnitude of firepower as is the AR-15 and others like it. To remove them from public ownership is in no way an infringement of right to bear arms.

Speaking of rights, how about all those people, mostly children, that were slain by deranged and demented persons that had access to this kind of weapon, one that can kill hundreds in a matter of seconds. They lost all their rights simply being innocent victims.

It is a ridiculous statement to say, “guns don’t kill, people do.” What misleading garbage!

It is disturbing that politicians will not take a simple stand to ban military weapons for public use. Their motive has nothing to do with losing our Second Amendment rights, but has more to do with the loss of large contributions from the NRA.

At one time, I was a believer in the NRA. I now see it as an organization that has too much control over the United States Congress with their large monetary contributions to the politicians. I see this as a serious threat to our democracy. This worries me. No organization should have this kind of power.

The solution to this issue is to eliminate all assault weapons for public use. No one’s rights will be infringed on. The NRA should have no objections to this.

During the development of the constitution, James Madison said, “In framing a system which we wish to last for ages, we should not lose sight of the changes which ages will produce.”

This statement by him makes the very point being made here. We have lost sight of the difference in weapons and our system as was 227 years ago compared to today.

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Charles F. Burdick is a lifelong resident of Grand Tower. After graduating from high school, he joined the U.S. Navy and then went on to a 42-year Maritime career including 35 years as Master Pilot. He has been retired for 23 years and enjoys local history and writing poetry.


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