Some people are missing from the gun debate. They're the people who think the Second Amendment should be repealed altogether and guns should be regulated like cars. They're the people who think that owning and using a gun should be a regulated privilege, rather than a constitutional right. These people need to get organized and get to work. That's because there's no chance of a reasonable compromise without somebody pulling just as hard as the National Rifle Association, but in the opposite direction.
When you sell your house, you set the asking price high. You'd like to get it, but you know you probably won't. The buyer doesn't offer enough, but after some give and take, the two of you agree on something reasonable. Now what would happen if your initial price were reasonable, rather than high? Then, you'd be certain to lose. Any compromise would work to the buyer's advantage. You'd lose money. That's the situation with gun control. The NRA and its allies won't agree to any reasonable gun regulations, unless there's the realistic chance they could lose their guns entirely; or, at least, lose the constitutional protection provided by the Second Amendment.
The Constitution isn't chiseled on stone tablets. Over more than two centuries, it's been modified by 27 amendments. It's not impossible that the 28th Amendment will repeal the Second.
Roger Rensvold, Midwest City
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