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Letter to the Editor: Here's an idea, why not amend the Constitution?

Posted: Tuesday, Feb 19th, 2013

Gun control just wonít seem to go away. Everyone from Barack Hussein Obama to Stevie Wonder to low rent British television hosts continually obsess over it.

I, for one, am tired of the issue. I think the only solution is apparently one no one has ever thought of before: letís put an end to the debate once and for all by amending the Constitution to guarantee a personís right to, to coin a phrase, ďkeep and bear arms.Ē I donít understand why this hasnít been thought of before. Itís such a simple, elegant, solution to this thorny problem.

The Constitution solves so many problems: elections, terms of office, apportionment of representation, the list goes on and on. Just think about it: because of the first amendment, I can worship Baphomet, my crystal skull god-idol that I found on a recent trip to the Yucatan Peninsula. And, amazingly, the government canít say a word about it, no matter how weird my beliefs and practices are (and believe me, theyíre WEIRD.)

Even if they wanted to investigate me, they have to obtain a search warrant (issued only on probable cause) because the Constitution says so. They canít station a soldier in my house to prevent me from covering myself in squeezable butter and dancing in circles until I find enlightenment every quarter moon and third Tuesday of the month, again, because the Constitution says they canít.

If they think Iíve broken a law, they have to give me a speedy and public trial, let me have a lawyer, give me a jury if I want one, they canít make me testify against myself (good thing too, because you never know what Iím going to say) and they canít sentence me to any cruel and unusual punishment no matter how much I deserve it (and trust me, I deserve it.) And all these rights are guaranteed to me (and all other degenerates) no matter the social costs or whether or not it would be sensible, prudent, or reasonable to not abide by them.

The Constitution does all kinds of wonderful things that we take for granted and no one ever thinks twice about these rights precisely because theyíre guaranteed by the supreme law of the land. If we want to end the debate about gun control, all we need is a Constitutional amendment making the right to arms explicit, just like all the other rights we enjoy are.

Letís stop this silly bickering and let the Constitution speak for us on this issue. Once we amend it, that is.

All praise Baphomet.

Michael Hartmann

Attorney at Law

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