Norm Stamper, who retired in 2000 as Seattle’s Chief of Police, says it’s time to repeal the Second Amendment.
We wait for the next slaughter, knowing it will surely come. Nothing has changed, nothing will change. Not unless we resolve to become, in the president’s aspirational words, “better than this.”
How do we accomplish that? Through repeal of the Second Amendment, and the enactment of a new constitutional amendment.
The Second Amendment — elevated to a state of holiness, its problematic comma debated for decades and “resolved,” for the moment, by the Supreme Court — is a relic. It made sense when it was written. It does not make sense now.
What would a new “right to bear arms” amendment look like? If I were writing it, it would contain provisions for:
• Registration of all firearms;
• Licensing of all gun owners, predicated on completion of a background check and a passing score in a reputable gun-safety course;
• Safe and secure storage and transport of all firearms;
• Criminal and civil penalties for owners whose guns have fallen negligently into the hands of violent felons, minors, the mentally ill;
• Ban on all assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, except for those possessed by the military and law enforcement;
• Ban on so-called “armor-piercing” handgun bullets;
• The elimination of the infamous gun-show loophole in the Brady bill.