The Free Press, Mankato, MN

January 16, 2013

Your View: 2nd Amendment not that difficult

By John Bipes, Mankato

— From perhaps this fresh angle it would appear the U.S. ConstitutionÕs 2nd Amendment mostly works:

Generally, weapons of warfare remain legally in the hands of only our "well-regulated militia" -- automatic-firing machine guns, grenades, mortars; missiles, drones and the satellites which direct them; fighter planes, nuclear weapons and atomic bombs.

Those of us wearied in uniformed service via proximity with such destructive fire power are happy to "stack arms" and go back home to civilian life. "Active duty" reverts to the more peaceable shaping of government as "we the people."

Having thereby put to rest the tired argument of any household or exurb winning a shooting battle with the "gu-ment" --or needing to do so save for ginned-up paranoia -- the small residue of what and which sized diminutive personal arms for sport (or rare necessity) remains.

As is true of the continuously-interpreted, fuzzy, demarcation between church and state, the somewhat blurry line separating militia and private citizens also needs reconsideration over time, circumstance and technological advance. Addressing where and how that line falls (for example, with assault rifles and large magazines) seems timely. And shouldn't be difficult.

If such pedestrian public policy redress appears ominously-sized and can't win the public interest, convenience and necessity over well-funded lobbyists, how will we be able to address the really big problems our polity faces?