Indeed, the US Constitution is not perfect, nor were the founding fathers. In fact, the Constitution has been amended quite a few times since its first writing and initial amendments. The most notable of the changes is the 13th amendment, abolishing slavery. The talks of what the founding fathers intended and of not going against the intents of the founding fathers are lame excuses for not doing what would be right, for not making the needed progress.
One of the most important things that the framers of the US Constitution understood is that society and technology change. They understood that the US Constitution is a living document that is designed in such a way as to allow for changes in society and technology.
In terms of the 2nd Amendment, the US stopped needing “well regulated militias” a long time ago. Also the firearms that the 2nd. Amendment was created to guarantee these citizens militias access to for the security of the state were very primitive compared to what is available now. How many people would the Las Vegas shooter have been able to hit let alone kill if he’d had a muzzle loading rifle for instance. It took soldiers of those days at least ten seconds to load a weapon, a more practical time would be about 20 seconds. So maybe the Las Vegas shooter it he’d had a rifle from the time the 2nd. Amendment was created could have got off 3 shots a minute times 10 minutes. So at most he could have got off 30 shots and if you’ve ever shot black powder you know how fast the barrel becomes fouled making loading each succeeding shot harder. And they are barely accurate at 100 yards, so let’s be generous and say 3 shots in ten hit someone. That’s 6 people wounded, and let’s also be generous with the lethality and say half die.
That would be 3 wounded and 3 dead for ten minutes of a shot every 20 seconds or so.
As compared to 59 dead and 850 wounded.
It’s crqazy how the NRA gun nuts want the 2nd. Amendment applied. They say it guarantees them access to virtually any weapon they want because the “founders” wanted it that way.
First off as you point out the founders were not creating a locked in stone religious document of how Americans must live, they were creating a flexible constitution under which Americans would have as much of liberty protected while allowing for basic security of the state.
But the NRA treats the 2nd. Amendment on the same level many would the Bible and make it such an emotional issue that it has been impossible to get past this deadly roadblock they have created.
And American society has changed dramatically since the days of the framing of the US Constitution, most people then lived in rural areas and needed to depend on their own resources for immediate survival. Most Americans now live packed into crowded cities where any vigilante gun “justice” is deadly.
And in the end that is what I think the NRA is fighting to preserve, their right to engage in vigilante killing like one of their most influential modern leaders did when he was young.
After Carter was re-elected to lead the NRA in 1981, The New York Times reported on Carter’s teenage vigilante killing—and how he changed his first name’s spelling to hide it. At first, he claimed the shooting was by someone else—and then recanted but refused to discuss it. Winkler writes, “the hard-liners in the NRA loved it. Who better to lead them than a man who really understood the value of a gun for self-protection?”
Which is complete nonsense, the framers of the US Constitution were not creating the means for people to engage in extra-judicial killing which is what the NRA is in de facto support of by making sure that so many weapons are constantly available to as many Americans as possible.
The 2nd. Amendment needs to be amended because it no longer reflects the rights of Americans and plays no role in the security of the state.
The way the NRA and other heavily armed far right wing groups treat the government is in fact a threat to the security of the US as are the huge number of people killed and wounded by firearms every year.
Until there is real gun control in the US I don’t think it can be considered a modern civilized nation, anarchy breaks out far too often as heavily armed civilians act out in highly sociopathic ways that have nothing to do at all with what the original framers of the Constitution had in mind.
The Constitution is not a Bible and the NRA doesn’t even represent the spirit of the Amendment anyway. If they want their right to firearms respected under the spirit of the 2nd.Amendment then they need to join a formal militia under government control and be equipped with muzzle loading black powder firearms.