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Constitutions are made to be amended, and the fact we have been given a right doesn't mean it can't be taken away.

That seems where we are headed with the Second Amendment right to bear arms. You can debate what it means and what it allows all you want, but what is becoming clear to me is that we as citizens of the United States are no longer worthy of a "right" to be armed, unfortunately.

We have too many stupid and mentally ill people roaming our streets who have easy access to firearms.

We can argue about whether the breakdown in family values or desensitization to violence is to blame, and debate why people get to the point where they have no qualms about killing a dozen people. But it's irrefutable that too many people get military-grade weapons who shouldn't have them, and there is no way to weed out the threats beforehand.

It pains me as a sportsman who has enjoyed hunting and target shooting over the years, but now finds myself embarrassed by what is going on in our country, as we all should be. But if this continues, an amendment or even repeal of the Second Amendment will be put on the table in our lifetimes.

Honestly, the Second Amendment has long been outdated anyway. You can arm yourself with 100 AR-15s if you want, it's not going to stop the government from coming to get you if the government wants to come and get you. You may take out a lot of innocent people, but there will be no "well-regulated militia" coming to your rescue, as the Second Amendment also sanctions.

-- Don Lehman



Don Lehman covers crime and Warren County government for The Post-Star. His work can be found on Twitter @PS_CrimeCourts and on

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