It has been two years since I first called for the repeal of the second amendment. (Someone has to be the first.) It seems like a complete no-brainer to me that we need to at least say the obvious truth that the second amendment is a relic of the past and has no place in a modern technological society, if for no other reason than to start moving the Overton window for future generations. It has worked spectacularly well for abortion prohibition, so why would it not work equally well for guns?
At long last someone else has stepped up to the plate. Kirk Swearingen over at Salon has published a piece aptly entitled "The Second Amendment is a ludicrous historical antique: Time for it to go." So kudos to Kirk.
Unfortunately, despite the assertive title, he gets a little bit mamby-pamby about it.
We're not supposed to even whisper such things because the NRA and right-wing extremists have sensible Americans — including many gun owners — so bullied and cowed that we feel we are only allowed to hope for sensible gun-safety legislation around the edges of their highly profitable assault on American lives.
It's true. But this has to end now. The second amendment is quite literally an existential threat to American lives. More Americans are killed by domestic firearms every month than died on 9/11.
Say it with me. Say it loud. Say it often. Repeal the second amendment. Repeal the second amendment. Repeal the second amendment. Repeal repeal repeal. Repeat repeat repeat. The lives of our children literally depend on it.