Basterdizing the Second Amendment

Connecticut School Shooting

For more than 200 years, “The right to bear arms” in America’s Second Amendment, has been basterdized to fit the wishes of gun owners.

The Second Amendment reads, “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.”

Now, after the Sandy Hook school massacre, there are plaintive pleas to at least limit the number of rounds, (“bullets” as we used to call them, but “rounds” sound less deadly) in the “magazines,” also inocuous.

There are also those who are brave enough to suggest the elimination of manufacturing, selling, or importing the likes of the Bushmaster that killed 20 first-graders in Connecticut last Friday in a room where their class was sprayed with many “rounds,” and each child shot several times.

Now, there is also talk of arming teachers. Has anyone talked to a teacher of this?


Jillian Soto expresses shock after getting information about her sister, Victoria Soto, a teacher at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., after a gunman killed more than two dozen people, including 20 children. Victoria Soto, 27, was among those killed. (Jessica Hill/AP)

The NRA would love this suggestion, anticipating the sale of guns for 7.2 million teachers in this country. We are indeed insane and the laughing-stock of the rest of the world.

The answer to our horrendous problem does not lie in using guns to fight guns. It lies in the reinterpretation of the Second Amendment, specifically applying the words as the Founding Fathers meant.

We should go back to the original intent. “The right to bear arms,” at that time meant “the right to bear muscats.” Who in God’s name thought that meant military machine guns?

Let’s be brave for a change and cut the head off the snake, not hedge and hedge until each school, each city council meeting, etc., becomes a battleground. Let’s go right to the cause of these onslaughts and claim the original intent of the Second Amendment.


Please see this news story about the victims of the Newtown, Conn. school shooting.

I’d love to hear your comments and thoughts about this issue. 

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About June Stephenson

June Stephenson is the author of 20 books about women’s issues, parental responsibility, the humanities, philosophy, comparative religion, music, architecture, parenting, sexual abuse, child abuse, spousal abuse, incest, crime, women’s studies, aging, tyranny, family, marriage, and divorce. The accomplished author has a degree from Stanford in economics and a Ph.D. in psychology with 25 years of teaching experience in history and English. Stephenson’s well-researched and documented approach combined with an easy-to-read style, offers readers enrichment and enjoyment. She also is an award-winning artist with many red ribbons from juried art shows throughout California. Stephenson has two daughters and two granddaughters, and lives in Palm Desert, California, with her Labradoddle named Happy.

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