I was startled to read that George Bendtsen wrote, “The Second Amendment should be repealed.” Friends say this to each other, but we don’t dare put it in writing.
We don’t second guess the Founding Fathers. They held slaves and many thought the purpose of the Second Amendment was to arm the owners in case the slaves became a force against the establishment. Years later, this happened in Haiti and perhaps the Founding Fathers were prescient.
Bendtsen said the Electoral College should be eliminated. This idea has been around for decades, but a vocal minority protects the Electoral College. The League of Women Voters fought for years to eliminate this election system, but they seem to have given up. The small states get a big break in the Senate, our most deliberative body. Why should they be favored in the presidential election?
Large groups, even political parties, oppose the Electoral College without fear. Suggesting that we repeal the Second Amendment is totally different. I would like to say calling for repeal of the Second Amendment is courageous, which it is, but it is also fool hardy. Apparently Bendtsen doesn’t realize how many gun-loving crazies the Second Amendment has created.
I haven’t touched a weapon since I mustered out of the Army 67 years ago, and I haven’t felt the need to have one.
But publicly opposing the fact that people have been given the right to be armed can be dangerous.
Mary B. Gregory