On March 6, in a letter headed “Wake Up, America. It’s Not 1776,” Dick Phillips wrote: “The Second Amendment must be changed” and “It is not 1776 when a small number of colonists declared independence from Great Briton and anticipated an invasion from Great Briton, which was the greatest military power on earth.”
With all due respect to Dick Phillips, his information is incorrect.
First, the Second Amendment was a part of the Constitution proposed in 1787 not 1776, and second, the signers feared that too much power was vested in the Constitution as originally written. Our Founding Fathers did not fear Great Britain. They feared tyranny from their own government.
The first recorded business taken up by our new Congress March 4, 1789, was the Bill of Rights!
It is here that you will find the correct information regarding our Bill of Rights:
In “Congress of the United States held at the City of New York.
“The Convention of a number of States, having at the time of their adopting the Constitution, expressed a desire, in order to prevent misconstruction or abuse of its powers, that further declaratory and restrictive clauses should be added: And as extending the ground of public confidence in the Government, will best ensure the beneficent ends of this institution:
“Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, two thirds of both Houses concurring, that the following Articles be proposed as Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, all, or any of which Articles, when ratified by three fourths of the said Legislatures, to be valid to all intents and purposes, as part of the said Constitution; … pursuant to the fifth Article of the original Constitution …”
It was signed by:
John Adams, vice president of the United States and president of the Senate; F.A. Muhlenberg, speaker of the House of Representatives; John Beckley, clerk of the House of Representatives; and Sam A. Otis, secretary of the Senate.
On Sept. 25, 1789, Congress transmitted to the state legislatures 12 proposed amendments, two of which, having to do with Congressional representation and Congressional pay, were not adopted. The remaining 10 amendments became the Bill of Rights.
If you will carefully read our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, it becomes apparent that the Ninth Amendment protects the Second Amendment, and the Second Amendment protects all of the other Amendments in our Bill of Rights!
Jim Driver lives in Rough and Ready.
Our Founding Fathers did not fear Great Britain. They feared tyranny from their own government.