Vail Daily Column: Is It Finally Time to Reinterpret the Second Amendment?
We’ve been over this ground before, this killing ground.
So, I ask: Tell me what works? Don’t tell me what you think won’t work; tell me what does. Because clearly what we’ve been doing with unfettered gun rights isn’t working. No, what we’re doing is being paid for in lives, too often young lives.
Any thinking person must admit that the Second Amendment was, is and will be open to interpretation. That is precisely what the Founding Fathers intended.
Most of the Constitution is as spare as a skeleton. It is meant to be fleshed out in the context of our times. How can anyone expect the 4,543 words of the Constitution to anticipate and settle all eventualities of human endeavor, especially when the Constitution represented compromise among various factions with radically different agendas?
The Second Amendment assures only this: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
Rohn K. Robbins is an attorney licensed before the bars of Colorado and California who practices in the Vail Valley with the law firm of Stevens, Littman, Biddison, Tharp & Weinberg LLC. His practice areas include business and commercial transactions, real estate and development, family law, custody and divorce and civil litigation.