Letter: Get Me Rewrite

To the Editor:

I’m not sure if it would cut the increasing tendency of Americans to gun each other down in a given year, but repealing the Second Amendment and rewriting it so that it ceases to render the issue of gun ownership incomprehensible might be a start.

Coming to grips with “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” has been taxing the perception of scholars and Supreme Court justices since it was penned and suggests that our framers of the Constitution, enlightened as they were, seem to have had their mind on other issues when they put that particular amendment to words.

Granted, the National Rifle Association’s version of a fresh unambiguous amendment might not set well with people such as Jim Brady or those who are not quite sure how packing a 9 mm Glock into a local Statehouse would augment our well- being. But at least we might get a handle on what in heaven’s name our role in a militia should be, and whether the amendment actually permits, perhaps even encourages, American citizens to own weapons of all degrees of lethality, the better to defend our borders from foreign invaders or domestic evil-doers.

Tom Brody