A Q&A on the Second Amendment

A Q&A on the Second Amendment
Dane La Born

Dane La Born

There has been another shooting. This time on another campus at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore. Nine students were killed.

As of the 276th day of the year, we have had 274 mass shootings, according to a poll conducted by Rolling Stone.

I’ve experienced so much secondhand brutality at this point that I am at a complete loss of what else to say, so instead of me going on my typical tirade about how badly we need to change and all the ways said change can be implemented, dear readers, I’m calling on you. On those of you who read me regularly and those of you who comment on the web edition to help me here.

“In order to maintain a well regulated militia, the rights of the peoples to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

This tiny little sentence is the source of so much contention in this country, so we are going to have a little Q&A session. I’ll ask the questions, and you all e-mail me your answers. I will post the actual answers on the web edition. If you don’t feel like answering, that’s fine too, but in an effort to put some of this endless debate to rest, let’s at least try.

Who wrote these words?

When were they written?

What document are they found in?

Did the man who wrote these words know that times would change, and life along with it?

Did he instill an ability to amend or change the things he wrote, as times changed?

If so, why?

What were the readily available firearms when these words were written, and how do they compare with what we have now?

Please e-mail your answers to dlaborn@gmail.com or on my Facebook, at www.facebook.com/dlaborn.

I look forward to hearing from you all!

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