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Forum: Perverting the Second Amendment

Updated: February 26, 2013 6:46AM



I am sick of gun advocates parading out the Second Amendment as if it were something sacred. Why does no one on either side of the debate simply tell it like it is? It’s nothing more than a simple sentence, long outdated, that should have been removed or amended 100 years ago.

At the time the amendment was added to our Constitution, slavery was legal and women were not allowed to vote. We have since found the wisdom and the courage to amend the Constitution to right those wrongs, and it’s long past time that we do the same with this provision that aids and comforts those whose sole agenda is the proliferation of handguns and high-powered rifles in our society.

The Second Amendment results from a time, more than 200 years ago, when there was concern that our citizens might again have to gather with their muskets and rifles to defend our fledgling democracy against foreign invasion. Such arming of the citizenry is no longer realistic when we have the mightiest military in the history of the world.

The author of the Second Amendment, Thomas Jefferson, knew that it would become obsolete, which is why he suggested that it be reconsidered from time to time. It’s time for all Americans to rally behind our president as he tries to deter this madness of gun violence that plagues our country and makes us less than we can and should be.

James E. Marchert Sr.

Chicago

Morals, not gun laws

If Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the aldermen really want to stop or curb gun violence, it won’t be with gun laws. Chicago has had gun restrictions for 20 years, and they have not stopped criminals from shooting people.

The politicians need to speak the truth about what is killing kids. It’s the lack of moral and family values taught in the households.

How about this crazy concept — teach your kids that it is not all right to use gun violence or any other violence to solve your problems.

Richard Clemens

Chicago

Canada’s loss is our gain

My wife and I love Canada from coast to coast and from the southern border into the Yukon. Its citizens have been very nice to us through many travels there and on six trips to Alaska. We love the people, the scenery and everything about the great country.

Having said that, I’m sorry for your loss of Marc Trestman as coach of the Montreal Alouettes, but Montreal’s loss is Chicago’s gain as he becomes the 14th coach of the Bears. After listening to his recent news conference, I am excited and encouraged.

If Chicago wins a Super Bowl under his leadership, I hope they play “Oh, Canada” along with the “Star Spangled Banner” before the following year’s home opener to show appreciation.

Carl F. Rollberg

Calumet Park



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