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December 27, 2012

Letter: Time to repeal the Second Amendment

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If the U.S. were to do this, beginning say in 2013, or as soon as possible, no one — except of course for members of the military and law enforcement officials — would be acquiring any additional ammunition or guns in the United States.

Companies who current manufacture guns and ammunition in the U.S. would be eligible to compete for U.S. government and military contracts — thus keeping the U.S. economy humming without allowing any guns or ammunition into civilian hands.

As for our rights? Amendments to the U.S. Constitution — namely the Second Amendment right to bear arms — can and should be repealed.

Once these changes occur, it would then only be a matter of disallowing or prohibiting any gun and ammunition imports into the U.S. from other countries, and maintaining a tighter rein on border crossings and possible smuggling operations.

While the smuggling of ammunition could still technically occur at the borders, this would be minute in comparison with what is presently available to virtually anyone over the counter — to a kindergarten teacher or her son, for instance. Smuggling is a coordinated activity, not usually conducted by mass shooters at schools and shopping malls.

It appears, at the time of this writing, that President Obama is at long last, following this last, most tragic Newtown incident — expediting the matter of stricter gun control measures with the appointment of Vice President Biden to a special task force, or gun control commission.

But given the Obama administration’s painfully slow pace of change, one has to pause to wonder, will Mr. Obama and Mr. Biden really, finally be able to follow through in an effective, resolute way when it comes to gun control and ammunition control in the United States?

Only time will tell.

Marc Delaney

Salem

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