Outdated amendment

Dear Editor:I read with interest the comments of the pro-gun and NRA zealots and I have a few things I'd like them to consider. The 2nd Amendment was written over 200 years ago by slave owners before a civil war eliminated this abomination. They were talking about muskets which took about 15 minutes to load and fired one round. It is time to eliminate this stupid and immoral amendment to more accurately reflect the 21st Century and the sophisticated killing machines that are produced today. There are over 300 million guns in the hands of our population with the predictable murder rate of over 30 per day. You can double that for suicide. The Japanese constitution that allows absolutely no guns or knives was written in 1958 - Americans wrote it by the way - and last year their murder by guns was almost zero. The same can be said of England where after the Second World War, people were asked to turn in their weapons and they did by the hundreds voluntarily. Murders last year were 58. The next thing they complain about are their hunting privileges - it's called sport to shoot defenseless animals, but I thought sport was when both sides knew the rules. Lastly, it was mentioned that the NRA is a non-profit. The president of this organization takes home $1 million per year from the suckers who pay their dues. In summary, since the Second World War ended in 1945, we have murdered close to 1 million souls on our streets with guns. We should be ashamed of ourselves. Colin Clarke Downey

********** Published: August 09, 2012 - Volume 11 - Issue 17