Several weeks ago, I sent a letter to the editor at the Washington Post. To date, the Post still hasn’t published the letter, so I decided to post it here:
Abolish the Second Amendment
The Washington Post continues to report gun killings. Make no mistake: we have so many killings because we have so many guns. The U.S. population has 393 million guns, more guns per 100 people, 120.5, than any other nation. We have twenty percent more guns than people. And each year, some 43,000 Americans are killed by guns.
But the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution says, “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.” We interpret those words to mean that there will be no limit on the number of guns anyone can own.
That makes us unique among modern western democracies. Around a third of all American families own guns; many own multiple guns.
It’s time that we change our culture. We must start by abolishing the Second Amendment, then the government must ban firearms, seize civilian-owned guns, and reimburse gun owners.
It’s time for us to come to our senses, join the rational nations of the word, give up our guns, and reduce our number of gun deaths.
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My thoughts notwithstanding, things keep getting worse. As of March 20, we have already suffered 117 mass shootings and 9,037 gun deaths. At this rate, we will lose more than 42,340 people to gun violence in 2023.
The time to correct this ugly blemish is long since past. Call upon Congress to act!