The Second Amendment (Amendment II) was adopted in 1791 and it is not suitable for the modern society anymore. We need to ban guns and make our society safer. Too many people are killed by guns each year. We cannot ignore this problem any longer.
Violence is out of control. Guns are a major cause. They all should be banned – the sooner the better.
We are in a everchanging world. So why be afraid of change if it is aready happening all around you. Some amendments are just not up to par with todays society. It still says that African Americans are 3/5 of a human that is riduculous and needs to be changed.
Some of the amendments were created 200 years ago and our society has changed. These amendments are carefully enacted and should not be changed without a huge overwhelming majority.
Many things have changed since the Constitution was written and its contents should reflect these changes for the benefit of all citizens. Time
changes everything and the Constitution should keep up with the times.
The only thing that doesn't change is the change itself. Therefore, the change is inevitable and needed. How can a society catch up with others unless it does not internalize the change in itself in the globalized world? By keeping unchanged articles that protect some social values, all other articles can be revised and changed over time.
Many amendments were made under the circumstances of the time period of which they were made. One example is the third amendment, which allows people to decide whether or not soldiers stay in their homes. This amendment was made during the revolutionary war, when soldiers would take over people’s homes for living quarters, because states had their own militias, and the U.S. didn’t have an established army with bases across the country like it does now. Not many American soldiers are trying to take over our homes nowadays. Another outdated amendment is the 12th amendment, which is the amendment that establishes the electoral college. This was made because they only wanted educated people voting. In today’s society however, people know more about politics and have a more clear understanding of who and what they’re voting on. Candidates just use this outdated amendment to manipulate the voting system. And changing the constitution doesn’t “take our freedoms away”. Even now, amendments can be ratified and repealed, changing them. One example is the 18th amendment which banned all sales of alcohol. When it was found to be a bad idea, they created the 21st amendment, which repealed the 18th amendment. The document itself was an experimental document, made for a society over 200 years ago, for a government style that had not yet been known. Even Thomas Jefferson himself believed the constitution should be changed every 19 years, to be able to stay with the times. Almost all countries that have constitutions change them, or revise them after certain time periods. And simply adding amendments, articles, clauses, sections, etc just turns the constitution into a confusing and contradicting document. Contrary to some others’ opinions there is something wrong with it.
When the constitution was created it had a set of rights, these rights were the base of what we should have. For instance the freedom of speech is a right that should be given but now that we have it's being exploited to show and do things that nearly everyone deems bad.
The Philippine Constitution needs to be updated because based on our way of living today, some Filipinos are taking advantage of it. They violating the laws because they know that the fine is not that strong and heavy. The Philippine Constitution needs a revision for us, the Filipino citizens, receive the correct treatment.
We would have a MUCH better society without guns. More people are dying and the world is hurting because of this. Do we really want our future generation living in a world this unsafe? Things have changed a lot since the constitution was written, and quite frankly the presidents back then wanted us to be able to change them. This is a ridiculous argument, for we should definitely be able to change them.
When a document says you can have a dangerous firearm on your person then it's obviously outdated. It isn't the wild west or colonial times. People say "Oh but if we don't have guns then the government will crush us". Grow up and realize that if that happens there will either be foreign intervention or domestic revolution. What century do you live in?
In 1787when the population was ~3,000,000 people (more than 100x smaller than it is now), 40 people agreed on a set of rules for those times. Since that time all things have changed. Technology has evolved, population has grown exponentially, and the land is scarred with large cities and skyscrapers.
How can anyone think that the same rules should still apply to the now 350,000,000 people that need to be kept in check? It's ridiculous to think that our rules cannot grow as we do. When we were a smaller people, not living on top of each other, I'm sure those rules would have worked. Be it gun reform or whatever archaic rule that is clung to, we as Americans at this point are well past the need for a change.
As society and government grow older, it naturally tends to grow more and more complex. Those who believe rules are made to be broken, do so; and therefore cause the government to rule in favor for new modifications and updates to our once basic structure of laws and regulations called the constitution. Take the book "Animal Farm" for example; they started a revolt and created a new civilization, and as their own society grew older they needed to make modifications to their amendments that had started off with basic laws. They slowly corrupted themselves, nothing that starts pure ever stays that way.
The right to bear arms was created by our founding fathers and usually people say we shouldnt becuase, of that particular reason, but our founding fathers also gave us the 1st amendment to change the constition if we wanted to. Our first amendment, 'freedom of speech' which means change can be made.
Change is always good! It keeps society current with the ever changing world around us. I believe the core of the constitution has some crucial rhetoric that should not be changed however it should be updated to reflect the makeup of our current society. We must remember that the original constitution was not inclusive of blacks or women, and we must also remember that the men who compiled these ideas were well educated, intelligent and more compromising than many of our law makers and politicians today. They were concerned with bettering the country not each others respective parties. Change, in moderation, is always a good thing. Viva America!
The original constitution included the right to own slaves and only land owners could vote. Women were not included. Those two significant facts thankfully have been changed and hundreds of thousands of people died to see that come true. Now if we could just do something about gun control to keep innocent people safe we'd be making a giant step in the right direction. Too many thousands of people have been denied their right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness...When do they count for something?
As a country we evolve and will continue to evolve, values that we have today may not be present sometime in the future so we have to compromise for the changes that occur within our society. If we do not mature as a country then we are hindering our ability to succeed.
I believe that as time goes by and society changes, the government should change with it. We have evolved as humans and as a society, and I think the government should also. I believe that modifications would allow the government to function better, as it has been 226 years since the Constitution was written.
Things have changed since 1787. There are different circumstances now and we don't need the constitution to make our nation suffer. It really needs to be updated to conform with the issues we have today. The conservatives are living in the past. Liberals want to live in the now and look forward to the future. The constitution must be changed if we want to move in the right direction.
It is the year 2013, I cannot imagine that the men that wrote the original constitution would even believe that we are still using what they wrote so long ago...America is in a terrible place right now and change needs to happen to make America great again, I hope change can be made and will help...God bless America...
The amendments for arms and double jeopardy have to be changed since they are too old and outdated. Everything changes so should the constitution:
It is a shame that murderers live unpunished just because they can't be prosecuted twice for the same crime.
It is a shame that people are allowed to walk around with weapons - we don't live any more in wild times and we don't need weapons.
We're not living in the 1700s/1800s anymore! Times have changed, and people are pushing the limit of freedom of speech more and more everyday, especially when it comes to online chat rooms, social media, etc. Our country won't survive if we don't have limits to our freedoms! Don't get me wrong, I believe having freedom is what makes the United States of America great, but if our government and judicial system doesn't adapt with the changing times, it will fail!
Imagine if we are using a computer made in 1985 and we are using it in the present day and it is not compatible for the current time. We need to update the Constitution because the society has been changed and the amendments must be changed except the first amendment.
Well, some amendments, like the second one, was meant for people to defend ourselves against the government. Today, we depend on the government to protect the people, and they are restricting us with what we can have because there is a lot of crime that is gun related. There has even been one which has been proven unnecessary by another amendment. The prohibition amendment. And i am sure there are others that need to be updated or changed to better suit todays living and governmental standards.
Times change, technology changes, society changes and we change with them. Amendments originally changed the constitution itself so why not change, delete or modify amendments? Everything evolves over time, laws and the constitution are no different. If you don't change or evolve with the times you'll go the way of the dinosaur.
As others have stated, even the framers of the constitution expected it to change beyond their lifetime. Jefferson wrote that once you are dead, you have no rights or claims to the land or its citizens and therefore one generation cannot make laws that other generations are expected to abide by unless the new generation agree to those laws. Each generation is responsible for thoughtfully deciding their own future - while learning from previous generations. The whole idea of an amendment implies change. Generally, it is not the original intent or basic idea that requires changing, just how it is applied in the current environment.
The corrupt goverment is trying to take our 2nd amendment right away so we are defenceless. Less people die when there are more guns around so why should we ban them. Feinstein wants to ban assault rifles even though it wasn't used in the newtown shooting! There is a video of it being recieved from Lanza's car! The goverment wants to change the constitution to take our rights away! They set up these mass shootings just to take guns away. And they are getting away with it. The constutution is our last defence from tyrannical goverment and thats why it shouldn't be changed!
The founding fathers set America on the right track, and now corrupt people are trying to adjust the Constitution to suit their needs and ideas. The founding fathers knew this would happen, this was the whole point behind writing the Constitution. The Constitution should not be tampered with. Who is to say that the Constitution should change?
The Amendments are basic and easy to understand and in place to protect all Americans rights! Once the government starts changing them they won't stop until they have all the power and we are reduced to slaves to their wishes. Freedom of Speech, Right to Bear Arms, Freedom to elect our officials, Freedom from cruel and unusual punishment--protecting our rights to liberty and limiting government control! No, don't allow changes!
Changing any amendment undermines the fundamental precepts under which our country was founded. The constitution is not a document of convenience to suit the times. Right or wrong, current or outdated, if we go down the path of "updating" we marginalize the very democratic ideals of what our country represents.
I think that the constitution should not be changed beacuse it hasent been since it was written and i think thats amazing! i mean it has taken us from horses and buggys to the technology we have today. also i think that it would be very hard to change and leave it with the qualities it has today.
Everyone is saying "change, change!" Why change it if there is nothing wrong with it. The Constitution includes everything. If you don't agree, read the 10th amendment. The Constitution in no way says that African Americans are 3/5 human. I completely agree with "LimpingChauncey64." This idea gives the government the chance to take away our precious freedoms. Imagine an hourglass. Our freedoms are the sand. The small hole that allow the sand to fall is the government and we are the top half of the glass. Over time our freedoms are taken away from us. Sadly, this hourglass cannot be flipped over once more. When our freedoms are gone..they are gone
Once we allow any of the Amendments to be tampered with in any way, we lose our Constitutional rights. It will give the government the options to remove, change or alter, any Amendments they deem necessary for the protection of national security. Americans do not understand how many rights we lost to the Homeland Security Act.
Although the times and people have changed in general, the amendments cover very basic freedoms that have not changed one bit. Each one is still extremely relevant to America and to its citizens. There is no reason or justifiable cause to update them, since they are simple rights that we all deserve.
The amendments to the Constitution should not be changed. Rules are in place to add additional Amendments to the Constitution if a change is needed. Beyond that, updates and changes that are more in line with today's society should be reflected in court decisions. Judges should be interpreting the Constitution broadly and recognize that the Constitution as it exists today is different than it was in 1791 but that many rights should be strictly construed as to protect those rights. The amendments we have in place were written and enacted for a reason, which should be considered and respected, not changed. Without the amendments that are currently in place, our country would not likely be one with true free speech, free people, checks and balances on authority, and true democratic ideals.
Society is broken down into groups. The two I will address are the protectors, and the protected. I belong to the protectors group. I see people being abused and step up to help. Sometimes the cost seems high but the need is greater. The protected group sits back and watches as bad things happen. Their seldom helpful, with calls of "someone should do something". My point, if people are not going to protect, for what-ever the reasons, I will respect that. For those people that will stand up, I will be there with you. The only weapon, that makes ALL people (1 on 1) equal (size, shape, gender, age etc.) is a gun. The constitution covers both the right to have one, or not.
If they did not want the country to be this way, they would have made the Constitution differently. We shouldn't change the Amendments because they give us basic rights and freedoms. We should have the right to defend ourselves should a stranger or robber or terrorist come and attack you. Sometimes violence is necessary to prevent further harm.
Why? Because our founding fathers made the constitution and its interpretation of the laws enforced by it for a reason. Countless times governments in other countries and parts of the world have been "enslaved" or taken complete advantage of their citizens for the worse. Bringing on a false front of helping better their lives, and making their country/community stronger. And on most, and on multiple occasions have they gone more or less against what false promises they've made, bringing the people to their knees.
The government should upgrade some of the amendments to more modern times. If the 2nd amendment is taken away then how are people going to defend themselves if their homes are robbed? Just because their banned doesn't mean that people wont still have them. Weed is illegal and yet its still a problem so lets not change our constitution only upgrade a few small things! The contesting is what founded America so if you change it you change America - 8th grade student